Do you think those who steal our articles will do better than us?
There are those who steal (plagiarize) our work here on hubpages or else where, do you think they will do better than us?
Probably not since I think people can be sued. The content is owned by the writer, (we own our content) and if someone steals it can be a bad day for them.
Although it's never a good idea when others try to profitize off another person's work, I feel it gives the original artist a lot more credibility. Those who steal can only go so far. They'll never succeed.
If you mean will they make more money? Perhaps, but their Karma, and legitimacy will eventually cull them out.
It seems to me most of the thefts of my intellectual property have been from those writing from other Countries. My guess is that if they make $5.00 off of my work, then for them it is like $1,000.00.
It is hard to be harsh against those who scramble for pennies a day...Hey, that's me too.
What is doubly frustrating to me, is that my work, my writing, and use of language are very unique. I have had an unusual life, and I have a different perspective, based on unique experiences.
What I write, I usually write to help others, my community, my City, my State, and the rest of the World.
I have taken thousands of photos of any and everything, because when I first got started, I had to use other's work, and gain permission for that use. I started out with a $10.00 Camera, moved up to a Kodak EasyShare in 2011, and now am blessed to have a Canon Sx150.
I started writing for HubPages in the summer of 2010, and that year my income was $4,000.00 USD! Just because we are in North America, doesn't mean we are all wealthy or greedy.
It has been a lot of dedication, hard work, and sacrifice, and for those who steal it, I have to think they will not do that good. At least I have a clean conscience.
Because others were glad to share with me, (with a link back & credit for their work) I am glad to share with others who have asked permission, and are willing to credit back to my work.
Cloning, mixing, matching and/or copying without a link back to our sites is prohibited.
The positive side is that the plagiarist on the internet cannot have the staying power of the genuine writer to earn much. In any case you can flag them on Hubpages in order for the administrators to keep an eye on them. Secondly, they can be reported to the Google adsense (and other monetising firms) to have the dollars trickling into their accouts stopped, unless ofcourse they only want to have some content squatting on their site. This is annoying but harmless financially to the genuine writer.
In traditional publishing, the thieves are doing better than the writer. Usually the writer waits for 12 months to get 10% royalty from the publisher. On the other hand, the thieves scan a printed copy, invest in the printing and sell the books to conniving bookshops. Usually they will give the bookshops 50% discount which is enticing since publishers give only 25%. This connivance robs the genuine publisher and writer consistently and persistentlly because the collaboration between the bookshops and the thieves is so watertight that prosecuting successfully is near impossible. The Plagiarist as you can see pockets 50% of his investment in stolen material without a penny to the author.
if they get it indexed first and use rel=author before you. This was a tip in the Penguin fixes to help rank your site better.
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