Someone copied my work...I guess I should be flattered

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  1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image76
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 14 years ago

    I found this when I logged in today. That little red c that lets you know someone copied your work.  Here is the link.  I know my work is my own.  I have the pay stubs and personal stories to back it up. 

    Link deleted

    I went back and looked, there is no way to flag posts, email or comment without signing up first.  I would like to give that B*tch a piece of my mind!!  She basically stole my stories, my life!!

    1. Marisa Wright profile image89
      Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      First, go back and edit your post to delete the link. Why should you give this s#(! the satisfaction of a valuable backlink?

      Next, contact and report this guy.  They give instructions on what you need to do here

      1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image76
        Anna Marie Bowmanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you. I didn't even think about it. Just posted the link!  LOL!  Thank you again!  I already contacted them, complete with a link to my hub, and a link to the copied material on their site, and a screen shot of my page saying that my work was originally published on March 21, 2009, while there's was published like two days later.

    2. Christoph Reilly profile image69
      Christoph Reillyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Anna: I can solve this for you in a few seconds. They had one of mine on there too. I sent the proper letter tonight and within 5 minutes they had taken the post off their site and sent me a note confirming they had removed the post. They didn't steal it...whoever posted it did and signed a thing saying it was their work. The site is aggressive when they find out someone has posted stolen material there, and get rid of it immediately.  So...what do you want to do?

      1. Anna Marie Bowman profile image76
        Anna Marie Bowmanposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I did all that.  What I want to do is give that girl (or person posing as a girl) a piece of my mind!  Tell her off.  I don't know.  If it had been some random hub, it wouldn't bother me so much, but it had experiences that were mine.  I was the one pregnant, standing at the register for hours at a time, getting a sore back and swollen feet, not her.

        1. Christoph Reilly profile image69
          Christoph Reillyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          well, I don't know how your gonna do that...but good luck. I don't know how you would find out who the individual is.

        2. Marisa Wright profile image89
          Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          I feel for your rage, Anna Marie.  The temptation to go and leave nasty comments on her article is overwhelming, isn't it?  However, don't.  Other Hubbers will tell you it's a dangerous thing to do - because if you think about it, that person can then come and leave nasty comments all over your Hubs and blogs, or sabotage your work in other ways.  She could even turn into a stalker.  Not something you want to risk!

          1. agvulpes profile image86
            agvulpesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            I agree with Marisa. You are better off devoting all your energy into productive work.

  2. Anna Marie Bowman profile image76
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 14 years ago

    Thank you both for your advice.  Yes, the urge is tempting, and I have no idea how I would do it, other than joining that site and leaving her nasty comments.  I just needed to vent a little.  I feel better about it now, just the initial anger over the situation.

  3. Anna Marie Bowman profile image76
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 14 years ago

    Thank you all!!  I am over it all, now, for the most part.  Let's hope they take care of it quickly.  It's almost 3am, so I don't expect a response right away.  I guess I will check on it tomorrow.  Thank you again!!  I am off to bed!  Lot's to do tomorrow!

  4. ripplemaker profile image81
    ripplemakerposted 14 years ago

    Hi Anna, glad to know you are feeling much better now.  Sometimes it may not occur quickly. But they do take it down eventually.  I have still have one copied content staring at me since I don't know the email address of the site.

  5. LondonGirl profile image82
    LondonGirlposted 14 years ago

    Hope it goes ASAP. Having your worked nicked is always annoying, but all the more so when it's personal writing.

  6. profile image0
    pgrundyposted 14 years ago

    Flixya is about the only site currently stealing my work. I sent the letter they require on one hub and nothing happened. It's still posted there. I have about eight to go and I'm very frustrated. Every other site is set up so you can just email them and they'll take it down--Flixya wants all kinds of crap before they'll take it down. My "How to Make Money Writing Online" is currently posted seven or eight places on Flixya.

    I don't see why, when someone takes MY work the burden is on me to prepare some kind of pseudo-legal brief to send to Flixya to get them to take my plagiarized content down. It isn't even flattering anymore, it happens so often now it's just aggravating. It takes up a lot of time that I'd rather spend writing. I think I was happier when I didn't know it was going on.

  7. Zsuzsy Bee profile image86
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 14 years ago

    Anna Marie I feel your pain I'm trying to get two Chinese companies to take down the latest hub they stole from me. These tweets that stole mine took the article but not the pictures but haven't even bothered to take the "refer to pic #1, check out pic#2 etc out. And I agree with Pam it's a total pain in the watoosy and sooooooo time.
    Chin up it will work itself out soon.
    regards Zsuzsy

  8. Shalini Kagal profile image54
    Shalini Kagalposted 14 years ago

    Hi Anna - that's sad. It happened to me quite recently - and it was someone on Flixya. I got lucky I guess - the post was deleted in less than 5 minutes and it was followed up with a note to tell me it was. All I did was to give them the date on which my hub was published and the date the Flixya hub was - one day after mine.

    The strange thing was that HubPages marked my hub as duplicate - guess they ran it thru the checker a couple of days after I had published it smile

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      pgrundyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I wonder why they are ignoring me? I'm going to try it once more and just list ALL of them in a single letter and let them know this is a repeat effort to get them to remove my content.

      I think some people have writing skills and some people have internet skills and some people have both. I have writing skills but the internet--not so much. It doesn't come naturally to me, and I'm starting to reevaluate if writing at places like HP is smart for a person like me. The trouble is, it's the most fun thing I get to do, but if I'm just supplying third world techies with 'content' for free, it's not smart on my part. smile

  9. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago


    They run adsense. Put together your communication log with Fixya and forward it to adsense. You hit them right in the wallet smile

    1. profile image0
      pgrundyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, Misha you are awesome. Um, what's a 'communication log'? You mean my emails to Flixya?

  10. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Yep, and their responses - if any smile

  11. Anna Marie Bowman profile image76
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 14 years ago

    Thanks for the great idea, Misha!!!  If they don't take it down, I can go that route!!  Thank you!!

  12. sunforged profile image73
    sunforgedposted 14 years ago

    well tell them that you plan to do that and i expect they will correct your issue doubletime

  13. Uninvited Writer profile image77
    Uninvited Writerposted 14 years ago

    I did the same thing when my hub was copied. I contacted AdSense and it was gone in days.

  14. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
    GeneriqueMediaposted 14 years ago

    Thanks for this meaningful thread. Bookmarked in case of copyright incompetency in the future.

    Its true, many good artists steal. The neon lighted ones, though, steal with style and add their own context. Its never useful to take everything verbatim and place it on another site....unless of course, it needs a mirror.



  15. Anna Marie Bowman profile image76
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 14 years ago

    An update on the copied work issue.  I recieved an email from them saying that the post was deleted.  When I logged on to HP, it was still saying my work had been copied.  I clicked on the link, but it had been deleted, and the thief has been suspended.  So, good news for me!!  I think the screen shot saying my hub was published before they posted the copy helped out a lot.  I had proof mine was first.

  16. SweetiePie profile image84
    SweetiePieposted 14 years ago

    Some guy copied my hub into a comment on the BBC, so I just emailed them to let them know what happened.  The BBC was very responsive and took down the post within an hour.

  17. profile image0
    pgrundyposted 14 years ago

    I took Misha's advice and...

    They took it down within about an hour!

    Whoo hoo! Thanks Misha. (I guess they just needed a little push.) lol

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Thats right. We often forget to try asking someone themselves to do or undo what they've done. You may have to eventually become confrontational, but they say the truth will set you free...

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        pgrundyposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        No, I tried asking the thief first and was ignored. So Misha said, to send the record of my correspondence to Google. I sent another DMCA request to Flixya and mentioned that this time if they didn't remove my content I'd forward it to Google next and they took it right down.

        I always ask the person who took it first, but usually that doesn't work.

  18. profile image0
    Louidam1posted 14 years ago

    I'm sorry this has happen to you.  Losers are just too lazy to write their own content.  But I'm glad they were reported.


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