Omigod, should I be flattered or furious? Somebody called Pupa has just put my Fear, Phobias and Frozen Feet hub on some site called Winknaija! They haven't credited me with having written it or given any links to me. The copied article is ranked 7 on Google, so I guess that's good, is it? Funny though, as the hub was an extract from the self-help book I wrote. Oh well plagiarism rules!
There should be a law against that. I'm sure you put in a lot of hard work to write it.
This happens to me all the time. Whenever I write anything halfway decent it shows up on another site and I have to send one of those reports Christoph mentioned. I still get really irritated by it.
One of my early bits turned up on Winknaija, (The Lawyers one I think) I thought Hubpages had done it or it was a Shout. Did it not give u credit. Because mine had their name and mine.
Hi cindy, i just saw this and i apologize, though i got you consent, it was an oversight my not giving you the credits. that will be corrected immediately.
Hope you are not furious.
Cindy, I had that happen to me once and I contacted the person who posted it (on his site) and told him to add my name as the author or delete it . He added my name and I got some extra exposure on his and other sites.
Cindy did you know there is also a site where everything we all do on hubpages is reproduced, I could not believe it, I will find it and show it to you guys
oh wow! I would be furiously flattered...haha doesn't make sense so nevermind...I would be flattered and furious...someone thinks your self help is great, unfortunately he did steal it...tell him to get the brains to write his own info
funny I thought only material things are stolen but why hubs are stolen too. For me I don't intend to duplicate some hub topic but there are times that some of our ideas are the same. Though not the exact content specially when it comes to common things.
Contact the website and ask them to take it down. I have had to do this a few times now.
Ahhh, the nature of the internet. It sucks that more people do not have the integrity to write their own content. I've never understood how anyone could plagiarize...I would be furious...even though they thought the content worthy of being stolen. I agree with SweetiePie...contact the Web site!
Cindyvine. Just file a DMCA report, which will basically have the link to the stolen site on the Internet, the link to your original article, and a statement that YOU are the original author and you wrote it on such and such date. I can send you a copy of one of mine if you like, but there's nothing to it.
Please Christoph as I don't even know what that report is. I might check all my titles on google now.
You just inspired me to get off my duff and file another one.
Cheeky blogging bastards.
Sometimes the sites have a place at the very bottom of the page where you can lodge a plagiarism complaint.
Happened to me too, and my reaction was the same as yours. Didn't know wether to be flattered or mad as the dickens. I chose both and sent a rather sarcastic email to the booger, after posting a comment on his piece, (which was my piece.) kinda calling his attention to the faux paux.
Good Luck to you. Don't forget to copywrite your stuff!
Follow up, Cindy. I've written several hubs about copyright as part of the hubchallenge. I know it seems like a losing battle somtimes, but we have to fight copyright violations, or they will continue to be the norm.
(says little ole me, who hasn't had anything copied yet...so I understand the part about whether you should be flattered)
Sadly, there are a fair number of plagiarized hubs on HubPages as well. I have flagged a few, but have not seen much of a response.
Is there a better way of reporting plagiarized content to the HubPages Team?
Cindyvine: I sent you a copy of a DMCA report. It's self-explanatory. Any questions drop me a note.
If someone has plagiarized a hub you can contact the original writer, but it is up to them to file a DCMA document. As for other sites that have copied my work I have not even had to get to the point where I filed a DCMA.
Most websites have an admin you can contact to let them know they your work has been plagiarized on their site. One person plagiarized my hub into the comments section of a BBC article, and they promptly took down the comment within an hour. Another time a person plagiarized my hub on his personal website, so I just asked him to take it down. He admitted he had hired people to write content for him, so he did not realize certain articles were plagiarized. He too also took down this content within a day.
Being very new here this is some of the best real advice I have seen yet. Thanks everyone for sharing so much info for how to check if work has been copied, plagiarized or whatnot. I think this site can be a very useful tool for getting content published for us newbies but we should watch our backs. Thanks!
Wow, stood up and took the bullet.
On another note, there is great info on this thread, now I just need to write something good enough to steal.
Thanks for the info and I hope it all works out Cindy
definition of irony: Pupa has a hub called "Protect yourself from internet fraud"
well well well the things that have happened on here today, is this a happy end, how could he think he had your pemission.
The article is still posted on winknaija, but there's a vague little annotation at the bottom now. Evidently someone doesn't understand fair use.
You do need to pursue this because it's not going away.
How irritating, Cindyvine. I'm angry for you. Went to the site and saw it there with a little endnote that it's written by you and that Pupa loves your work. Ugh. Take it down, mister. Anyway, for future reference, how does one obtain this DCMA document?
You can find the numbered points you need to include in a standard DMCA complaint over on our own copyright infringment page. Then email it to the offending website. I like to add a choice sentence or two at the top about how refusal to remove the content after receipt of a DMCA complaint opens you up to a lawsuit.
Thanks, Maddie. Hopefully I won't need to use that anytime soon.
Does HubPages only remove plagiarised hubs after receiving a DMCA complaint from the original author?
What about the duplicate flagging option? Is that usually not looked at?
Thanks for the information.
Well, he has apologised and put my name there so it must be okay now!
You have gotten a lot of good advice, and I thank you for posting about it because without your post I would not even have thought about checking.
It is a pain to have to do that all the time, but I see that it is a common problem.
Please do keep us informed about the results of this particular incident. It would be nice to see what you end up doing and how effective it is. I do hope that it will not be a painful process.
All the best
I cannot find it Cindy, how I came across it in the first place is you google your name, and there was a web page that came up that had been written by some guy like a newsfeed, that listed all blogs related to the topic.
For example he had a long page on topics on fashion,with full length blogs including my "Oh What Dress Will I Wear",that I wrote and a lot of different fashion hubs there from HP, as well as full length blogs from heaps of different sites,it looks like it may have been taken down though as it is not coming up.I could not work out at the time what the heck it was all about, and then did not remember til now.
I also did not know there was a hub whitepages lol I saw one just then advertised here and it does not lead here to read it, I don't know how it got there http://hubswhitepages.com/Entertainment … l4707.html
How did you discover the site to know it was stolen that really sucks, the one I saw mine does not come up anymore,I wish I had written the name down straight away,grrrr
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