Is it a good idea to contact the author first or immediately file a DMCA complaint when copied material is discovered? I'm finding it a challenge to keep up with this aspect. Thanks in advance for your help!
I know of a fellow hubber within our community, who actually told me that someone had copied one, or two of his articles. He told me, that he proceeded to contact that individual first, to try to resolve the issue peaceably.
However when that particular person denied any copyright infringement. He then filed a complaint via DMCA. Again this may depend on how a particular individual feels right from the start, in terms of having one of his/her articles copied without being contacted first.
If someone copies one of your hubs, they know they are stealing and it will not bother them in the least if you don't like it. You can try, but it will probably not do any good. Go ahead and get your paperwork for the DMCA complaint ready for them to turn you down.
The mechanism that HP uses to check for copied material is not the best. Copying some of your hub's text and putting in quotation marks in Google should reveal where it appears. I just found out some of my articles copied in a WordPress site but it is a lost cause since they "author" won't acknowledge my request to take it down and Google is slow to respond if at all. Nevertheless submitting a DMCA every time is the best recourse.
I've had 3 of mine copied and once I let the people know that I'd turn them in, the articles were taken right down. A few people just don't realize you can't do this and the rest don't like the idea that you'll turn them in. Some are hard to find a contact email. These I'd just file a DMCA report.
II agree Barbara Kay that some people must be unaware that you can't copy other articles. One person I contacted removed the article. I recently contacted someone else and didn't receive a response and the article is still there so will have to file.
I once received a notification from Hubpages that one of my Hubs was a copy of work by somebody else. When I looked into it as far as I could tell it was the other way around my publishing dates where older than theirs. I knew I hadn't copied somebody else work anyway. I couldn't be bothered so I just rewrote my own and resolved the problem easily as far as I was concerned. It bumped up my word count and refreshed my content. Plus my Hub was ranking higher than their page and continued to do well for quite a while after.
Lots of my personal content has been copied by others all over the web not so much Hubs but blog content and images with no attribution. I once went down the DMCA route with success but that was on a Wordpress multi user site and the owner didn't just remove the work but removed the publisher also. That was an article on Ezine Articles I had published on their site that was copied onto the WPMU site without attribution.
It might be that a large site like Hubpages will carry more weight in the mind of the plagiarist thief if you go after them but it is frustrating and time consuming to do so.
There is a page on Blogger that is an exact copy of one of my pages. It does have attribution but it is everything, my images, words, experiences, right to the point of them recopying it when ever I up date the page. They are number one and I am nowhere to be seen. That really disturbs me sometimes because eventually it's Google as they own Blogger. I am going to challenge that at some point when I get my own site ranking better as I have ignored it for a couple of years.
Good luck with what ever direction you take.
I would do both and if it is a multi-user site like Hub pages then contact the site as well. Filing with DMCA may be annoying and time consuming, but I would not put up with someone copying my work. Certain content sites are really not doing enough to stop these people and I do believe that most people know you cannot copy and paste another persons work. I think it is largely up to us to keep an eye out for plagiarists and report them to the site concerned.
If they have a google adsense account, then they should be aware that copying someone else's work is not allowed. If you do report them, they could lose their adsense account for good for violating the terms of service. It's true that they might not have known what they are doing, but in the end, they stole from you. I don't have a lot of sympathy for people who copy-paste other people's work word for word, for their own profit. I would say report them, it might seem like a waste of time, but I don't think it is. You are protecting your work.
It's on a site where they make money from ads and you are right that they should know and probably do that stealing from others is wrong. I asked nicely and it is still there so will be forced to file a DMCA. I might as well learn the process.
This just happened to me recently and hubpages contacted me about it. I have contacted the blogger about it, so I hope they take it down, otherwise I'm filing DMCA complaint. First time in 3 years that it happened.
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