Hooray! For months now I've been trying to figure out who to report the "alleged" infringement on one of my hubs where 9 links to ads have been placed. Whenever I would click the link it would take me to an advertisement that required 3 attempts to leave the page without buying the product.
I'm happy to report that I filed a DMCA Complaint Takedown Notice to Clickbank (July 2) where the ads originated and received immediate response - well, at least within 24 hours (July 3). A real person named Tom responded to my email and told me the name of the affiliate who was responsible for these pages and that the links to the product have been removed.
I sent the email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the standard DMCA form listing my hub and the URL for all nine links identified by HubPages. Thank you to the administrative staff here for letting me know my work "may have been stolen".
Thank you so much!
Good for you, Peg! I dealt with this issue myself this week. HP marked one of my hubs as being copied, so I sent an email and a DMCA take-down notice via the Contact Me page on the offending site. I did get a response, but not to my satisfaction. This past Monday I did a WHOIS on the site and found the email address for the registrant. I sent him a DMCA also. The next day I was ready to file a complaint with GoDaddy, but thought I'd check the link first. My article had been taken down! What's really odd, is it was an Australian septic company who hired someone (who obviously doesn't speak English as his first language) to provide their copy. The copy that was adjusted was such bad English I'm surprised the company accepted it. What was even more flabbergasting is the content copier kept all my references to Florida in the copy! Are you kidding me? I have since gone into my Google Webmasters tool and requested the link be taken out of the search engines.
I love this new feature that HP provides. I don't have the time to check whether or not my hubs have been stolen. It's nice that HP has our backs!
Hi Bravewarrior, Shauna, it is a good feeling when we make headway with these offenders. I have never had much luck with contacting the copy-cat, but when you go to the host or the sponsoring site, it is gratifying to get results. I have actually found copy before the HP notice shows up on my account page here by taking a short paragraph and pasting it into the Google Search bar. That sometimes is effective, but time consuming.
Oh, I found a site that sells documents which had one of mine spun so badly it was laughable - their translation for URL Capsule was URL Pill. LOL
Have a happy 4th of July. Be safe.
It is worth checking your hubs for yourself because it took HP 7 months to pick up the copied content on one of my hubs.
There are sites like copyscape which you can use. They allow you to check a few different (I think it is 10) per day for free.
I am very pleased to hear this Peg. Having your work stolen is frustrating. Good for you and for HP. Congratulations!
Awesome, dear Peg! Great news for sure! Happy Fourth.
I am glad you had success with it. Great job for pursuing it and protecting what is yours.
Wow, did hubpages notify you that someone had your work, this is awful glad you were able to resolve this and keep your work from being stolen, it's funny you mention this because I often wonder if my poems, writings was copied how would I know and felt a little uncomfortable displaying my work, but if hubpages lets us know that's great, thanks for sharing your story.
Hi Lyns, It does take a bit of time to get the little red copyright notice that you'll see on your HP account statistics page if it ever happens that someone has copied your work. Hopefully, you won't have to be bothered with this at all.
I've had several hubs copied and used in various places, like one of my travel hubs that was copied in its entirety onto a travel page advertisement. Luckily, I was notified by one of the other hubbers here and was able to get it removed.
Nice to see you today. Thanks for dropping by.
Thanks Peg, that's great to know, and I am glad that your work is secure it's a painful feeling to have your work stolen, our work is personal and very dear to us and if stolen there's a violation felt. Once again I hope you have a great day and thanks for sharing your story. lyns
Hubpages doesn't find every copied hub. You should try using Copyscape too. You can do it for free.
This is true, Barbara Kay. I've used Copyscape, too, and found some of the plagiarists. At first, I was afraid to do the translation on the hubs which came up, because they were in Chinese, Russian, Turkish and Japanese, etc.. It gets very time consuming but I think it accounts for our traffic slowing down when hubs are copied to other sites.
Thanks for adding that.
I am so glad for the catch and remedy on the copycat hub posts. I have a few out there that have been stolen and was wondering what the cost was to have protection. Thanks for the suggestion on Copy Scape.
Hi Teaches 12345,
The ones that are outright stolen are frustrating enough, but when they link to ads it's hard to determine the actual source. I've just found out that the advertisement links are removed but the copycat site still has links to my material. I have more work to do - it isn't resolved yet.
Onward, and the best of luck to you.
Thank you, again, Lyns. Unfortunately, our work is not secure. We must maintain constant vigilance and keep our eyes open. Peg
Congratulations! This is good news for all writers. Thank you for filing the complaint and keeping us posted.
Glad to hear it. Sometimes I feel like we're fighting the tide when it comes to content thieves.
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