Someone Ripped Off My Hub....On HubPages!

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  1. susi10 profile image97
    susi10posted 7 years ago

    Yep, that's right.
    Someone spinned my hub and it's right here on HubPages.

    I don't know if it's counted
    They didn't duplicate the hub, they spinned it or changed it into their own words but every section is the same. If you look at the titles, they are very similar.

    This is my hub: … f-Products
    This is the spinned hub: … -Companies

    Check the two out, it's ridiculous! I wouldn't have minded if they changed it around or added in their own unique sections, or ANYTHING but they basically regurgitated the same stuff but with different words!

    A Few Comparisons Between Their Sub-Headings and My Sub-Headings:
    (my) vs (theirs)
    Handy Phrases vs Sentences That Will Make A Difference
    Make A List Of Companies vs Create A List of Companies
    Welcome vs Greetings
    Get Addresses or Email vs Research Mailing Address' and Emails
    Write Your Letter/Email vs Writing Your Letter or Email

    What do you think? Should I report it, or is it just me?

    Right now, I'm furious!!! I've never seen any spinning to this extent!!!!

    1. Stacie L profile image88
      Stacie Lposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Report this to the staff

    2. Country Homemaker profile image92
      Country Homemakerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You absolutely should report it.  Sorry this happened to you.   You have every right to be upset.

    3. Barbara Kay profile image74
      Barbara Kayposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I wonder how many other hubs they have copied from others that haven't been caught yet.

    4. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image89
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely report this to the team asap.  We don't need people here stealing other writers' work.  The team should ban the person who did this permanently and remove all of their hubs.

    5. erorantes profile image55
      erorantesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Did you looked at the date when they wrote their hubs. You can click on their names. Then, you need to go and check the copy hub. It tells you on the side of the title when the hub was done. Then, look at you hub date. Sometimes, people have the same ideas at the same time when it comes to writing.  Specially, some people have the same habits. For example, we recycled. I am sorry . It happened to you.

    6. CatherineGiordano profile image80
      CatherineGiordanoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Your post reminded me of something similar that happened to me right when I first started at HP. I did an article on found poetry and a week later a follower did an article on found poetry. She had clearly used my article to write hers, but maybe not enough to be a violation. I had wanted to use some pictures of visual found poetry, but I knew enough not to use pictures that were not free-to-use. My workaround was to create a Pinterest board called "Found Poetry." I put the pictures on the board and linked to the board. The copycat used the pictures on my board, sourcing them as Pinterest.. I reported her for violation of using pictures without permission. I don't know what happened. That is the only time I ever reported anyone. She just made me mad by "stealing" my work.

      1. Pearldiver profile image70
        Pearldiverposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Catherine... That's a brilliant piece butt kicking!  smile
        I've had the same done with poetry and with historical events in house, to the effect of loosing traffic etc
        I don't know how some people can lie straight in bed...
        effectively they are fools, fooling themselves that they are a writer...
        when really they are no different really from the article spinners.
        The best writing comes from the heart, not from a software program...
        In the end, I think they are reincarnated as Ticks & Fleas! 
        Good jumping and biting you guys...
        I'm coming back as an aerosol can!  smile

        1. CatherineGiordano profile image80
          CatherineGiordanoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          pealdriver. You got me laughing out load.

    7. Christy Kirwan profile image96
      Christy Kirwanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi susi,

      If you believe this Hubber has copied substantial portions of your Hub, (and it sounds like he/she has), please send us a copyright notice using these instructions:

      Sorry this happened to you!

      1. susi10 profile image97
        susi10posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Christy. I will! smile

  2. RockyMountainMom profile image68
    RockyMountainMomposted 7 years ago

    Wow! Very disappointing. You are well justified in being upset, and reporting this is warranted in that regard alone.  But also consider that you are unlikely their only current or future victim.  It would be a disservice to Hup Pages and fellow writers to NOT report it. 

    Even if there is any remote chance that this writer thinks it was OK to do this, and not a harmful or malicious thing to do to someone, they need their thinking on that corrected immediately.

  3. colorfulone profile image80
    colorfuloneposted 7 years ago

    I hope you have reported that hubber's account by now. sad

  4. profile image0
    calculus-geometryposted 7 years ago

    It's unpublished now, that was quick. Good job HP!

    From the user's bio: "During my travels of reading on Hubpages I have found some of the most helpful and interesting articles to read.  There is a lot of talent on this site and I have a lot of respect for all of my fellow hubbers!"


    1. SmartAndFun profile image96
      SmartAndFunposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Apparently, the offending article was unpublished only long enough for HappyMommy2520 to change a few things around, as the link now works again, sending the reader to a similar article with a new title.

      I like the idea of some kind of negative consequences for the plagiarist, as Catherine Giordano suggested. However, it appears that the "author" is getting off the hook Scot free. The article remains published and the offending Hubber, at least at this point, appears to be in good standing with HubPages.

      Many similarities to Susi10's original work remain, for instance, the thief obviously stole just about all of section 3, rewording it only slightly. I hope Susi10 has taken screen shots.

      HappyMommy should be banned, IMHO.

      1. profile image0
        calculus-geometryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Oh geez it's back again and you're right, the format is identical.  Happy's copy even has a testimonial at the bottom LOL! Happy Mommy is being very naughty.

        1. CatherineGiordano profile image80
          CatherineGiordanoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          The first time, I could almost excuse. Maybe she didn't know any better. The second, HP should ban her from life and make sure she can't open  new account. On the plus side, she must really like your hub.

          1. gmwilliams profile image85
            gmwilliamsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Hub is STILL there in full form.

            1. susi10 profile image97
              susi10posted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Just reported it.
              Fingers crossed!

      2. flycatcherrr profile image68
        flycatcherrrposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Well, that is disappointing to say the least.  Discouraging for other hubbers.  Why contribute fresh content - one has to wonder - if it's just going to be copied and spun with, apparently, HP admin's blessing?

        1. CatherineGiordano profile image80
          CatherineGiordanoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          susi:  Please continue to report this. As for the rest of us, if we see something that appears to be spun, our own hub or someone else's, we should report it.

    2. colorfulone profile image80
      colorfuloneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I am disappointed and sad for susi.

  5. quicksand profile image82
    quicksandposted 7 years ago

    I thought search engines do recognize and discount spun articles.

  6. flycatcherrr profile image68
    flycatcherrrposted 7 years ago

    Certainly, that was an egregious example of copying/spinning - from the "what can I get away with" school of dishonesty. Glad to see HP took the spun hub down, but a little surprised to see the account is still there. 

    One hates to give a content theft any extra page views, but it might be wise to see if any other hubs there look "all too familiar" to any of us?  hmm

  7. Baby-Boomer-58 profile image75
    Baby-Boomer-58posted 7 years ago

    Take a look at that hubber's recent activity. I find it hard to believe anyone would be interested in reading all the hubs from all those hubbers ....

  8. justholidays profile image67
    justholidaysposted 7 years ago

    There are quite a few copycats on HubPages. I've got some of my history hubs copied by fellow Hubbers. These were on my main account, a 7 year old one, which I deleted last month.
    So I understand how you feel.
    Report, report, report!

  9. susi10 profile image97
    susi10posted 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the support!

    I'm so glad that the hub was taken down. Thanks, HubPages! Hopefully, it won't happen to another Hubber again!


    1. RockyMountainMom profile image68
      RockyMountainMomposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Glad you reported it and grateful Hub Pages was so quick to act.  That is great (relative to the situation, which isn't great, of course).  I second the thanks to Hub Pages!

    2. colorfulone profile image80
      colorfuloneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's good news , susi, glad that hub has been deleted.

  10. KarenHC profile image81
    KarenHCposted 7 years ago

    Given that she's done this to your hub, there's a very good chance that many of her articles are spun.  I hope her account is closed soon.

  11. CatherineGiordano profile image80
    CatherineGiordanoposted 7 years ago

    There should definitely be a punishment of some kind for doing this. Maybe all their hubs should be unfeatured for 6 months. I never read other hubs on a topic I have decided to write about until my hub is finished and published. I don't want to be even unconsciously influenced.

    1. janshares profile image95
      jansharesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      +1 for completing own hub first to avoid unconscious influence.

  12. SouradipSinha profile image81
    SouradipSinhaposted 7 years ago

    Feeling Sorry for your trouble.
    Its a great article.

    1. susi10 profile image97
      susi10posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Aww...thanks! smile

  13. firstcookbooklady profile image84
    firstcookbookladyposted 7 years ago

    So, what does HAPPY Mommy have to say for herself? Obviously she can read all your comments?

  14. susi10 profile image97
    susi10posted 7 years ago

    Well, this is getting better by the day.
    A SECOND spinned hub, woo hoo!

    Thanks, Happy Mommy. Keep those spinned hubs comin'.

    Also, I did some research on Pinterest and found out her Pinterest profile. Strangely enough, she pinned four of my hubs on one of her boards out of nine hubs pinned.
    One of those pinned hubs, was a hub I made on MFP graphics. If you look at her hubs, they all have MFP graphics at the start. So, my hub helped her and she pays me back by spinning the same hub TWICE.

    She got some fanmail here from Peg Cole. This is what it said:
    "Your article on how to get free products was interesting and useful. I would have left a positive comment but I couldn't find a comment section."

    Hmm, that was my hub but anyway.

    Thanks for the tremendous support, fellow Hubbers! I really appreciate it. smile

  15. Queenlizzybeth profile image71
    Queenlizzybethposted 7 years ago

    I do hope you reported them and Hub bands them from posting anything else.


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