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Stolen Content from locked Squidoo lens, now can't find the original!

  1. neosurk profile image89
    neosurkposted 3 years ago

    I had a Squidoo lens which was locked about 2-3 months ago. I had fixed the violations but the greenlight request was never answered. So, it remained locked. Now it was transferred to HubPages automatically. I tried to publish it but it got a duplicate warning. A blogspot blog had copied word to word. Since I don't have original source to cite, how should I go further?

    I filed a DMCA complaint explaining the transfer of Squidoo to HubPages, I have provided the URLS to both Squidoo lens and the redirected HubPages hub, and have also sent the archive.org URL which is the only proof that it was my content.

    It's been three days and I haven't gotten a reply from Google. Also, that page is still live neutral

    1. neosurk profile image89
      neosurkposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      (Bump, in case no one has seen this)

      Update 1: I have also requested Google to exclude the site from search results today, so it is also still pending.

  2. relache profile image85
    relacheposted 3 years ago

    As far as I can tell, you've done what you can and now you have to wait.  I've always had positive responses from Google getting blogspots taken down, but it can take a bit before you get your automated reply.

    1. neosurk profile image89
      neosurkposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks. Good to know that they are fast. May be mine was delayed because of weekend.

  3. Lady Lorelei profile image79
    Lady Loreleiposted 3 years ago

    If you have the original url than you may be able to find your original article on the wayback machine (google it). With that date you and url you will be able to file a DMCA take down notice with Google.

    Hope this helps and good luck.

    1. neosurk profile image89
      neosurkposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thank You, already did that!

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    julieannbradyposted 3 years ago

    neosurk, might I say that I hear you. It was just yesterday that I discovered a Google blog that lifted my entire Squidoo lens - even the phrase "do not copy ... do not plagiarize!" However, I had just deleted the lens prior to the transfer. And, I had asked Google to deindex the lens. And, my content was then moved to my blog.

    So, like LadyLorelei suggested, I had to use the waybackmachine to provide my original url. And, I mentioned that I had submitted the deindex request and had moved my content to a new page ... and on that page it does give a historical comment at the end of the content about the article history.

    Google has always been pretty quick in dealing with DMCA requests involving blogspot - I've done many. But, we are now in a bit of a different position since our original content went through a transfer.

    You mentioned just submitting your DMCA right before the weekend? I think you should hear something early in the workweek.

    1. neosurk profile image89
      neosurkposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, it was 2 days ago. So, it might have been delayed because of the weekend.

      The scrappers probably use a script or robot or something black magic of some kind to copy the webpage. That's why they are so dumb and foolish. I had used the waybackmachine to report it. So, let's see how it goes. Thank you.

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    julieannbradyposted 2 years ago

    neosurk, have you had a reply to your DMCA?

    1. neosurk profile image89
      neosurkposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      No, I haven't. What's even sadder is that Google has rejected my notice for two other articles. They're not even deleting the blogspot blog for which my contents are still live (not on HP though). However, Bing has replied and said that they're no longer showing the scrapper blog on their search.

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    julieannbradyposted 2 years ago

    Well, what can we do? I'm thinking there are a lot of DMCAs in the pipeline to process. We are further challenged with our original content "moving" and having to rely on the waybackmachine. Perhaps that is complicating the removal process? I was approaching my issue with a complaint against one stolen lens to a Google blogger post. When I reached out for private advise, the second opinion was to "report the whole blog under 'spam, phishing or malware.'" Can you look at your issue in that light perhaps?

    1. neosurk profile image89
      neosurkposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I would certainly look into it, but the blog is far form being a phishing or a malware host. It looks spammy, though! The rejection comment says "forwarded to appropriate department for further review" and it's been more than a week already. I am guessing that they could not find the original material, so they could not take the blog down.

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    julieannbradyposted 2 years ago

    neosurk, I believe there have been a lot of instances when just the blog post has been removed, not the entire blog. It depends on what Google finds. In some rare occasions, I have had to file a second time.

    1. Writer Fox profile image78
      Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That's been my experience, too.  Also, it takes about a week to have a page removed from that site.  When Google purchased Blogger/Blogspot, it retained the same employees/managers of the site, and they march to the tune of a different drummer.

      But, one of the reasons the entire account is not deleted is the same reason Google's YouTube is still online even though that site is the recipient of the most DMCA notices on the entire World Wide Web!

      1. neosurk profile image89
        neosurkposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Yes. I understand that. I meant to write "blog post", and I have given the address of that specific blog post only, btw. What kills me is that they didn't even take down the blog post for which original material is clearly still online!

        I wonder why Google is taking so much time and rejecting the application for still live material. So far, I have heard positive response from Bing, Tumblr, Dreamhost and Pinterest.

  8. neosurk profile image89
    neosurkposted 2 years ago

    Guess what? Blogger.com replied today and said that the blog is now down.

    Yay! One down, finally!!

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    julieannbradyposted 2 years ago

    neosurk, that is great news! I have not had a reply on the blogspot blog although I did see a visit to check my content after I moved it from the original lens. As I believe you filed your report right before mine, I am hoping I'm next ... so to speak!

  10. neosurk profile image89
    neosurkposted 2 years ago

    Yes. Hope you're next. One thing I learned is that the notice on the violations list still shows rejected, so don't give up just yet.

    I also left a warning comment on the blog post, but it was ignored for almost 15 days. Not sure if it helped.

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    julieannbradyposted 2 years ago

    Ah, I won't give up! Thanks for the vote of confidence. Onward and upward. wink

  12. Elle-Dee-Esse profile image81
    Elle-Dee-Esseposted 2 years ago

    Great news neosurk! I just received advice from hostgator that my dmca for one of my stolen lenses which was duplicated across a site under at least 8 different urls, was successful. They removed the entire site. There were several other lemsmasters' pages there as well so I am very happy because I had deleted the lens and requested its de-indexing in google