Yep, it was. I looked up the owner of the blog and sent the suggested dmca info to them , no response.
I delved further and found out it was on aTumblr site. I looked around and found a contact that deals with copyright issues. Sent the information.
They replied promptly, asked a question or two and got rid of the article in an hour or two. In fact, it looks like the whole blog is gone. (It looked like it had other copied content.)
Good on Tumbler! I sent them a thank-you. Now that was easier than I thought, thanks also to HubPages for giving us guidelines on this.
Congratulations on your successful efforts at taking down copied content. That is so frustrating to see that little red C on our hubs. Fortunately, some sites are quick to respond to writers that don't follow copyright rules and that's always refreshing.
I was actually amazed. I'm sort of thinking of setting up a blog, and was considering Wordpress or Blogger. I know Tumblr is not considered to be up there with the other two, but they earned a point with me today.
A lot more research to do, yet.
Tumblr was "the new rage" when it hit the Internet. Adweek asked me to cover it for a few months. I still have a ghost Tumblr blog. It's been dead for a long time.
Do we get a notification from HP when one of our articles get copied?
Not a notice,but if you look on your account list you will see a red copyright symbol next to your article title. If you go to your article (while you are signed in) I t will say (in red type) “WARNING: your content may have been stolen” When you click on that it will show you the link to the suspected site.
I recently filed a dmca complaint against a site that stole/copied my article and they did remove the stolen/copied article but the red copyright symbol still shows up next to my article title. Do you know if I need to specifically ask HP staff to remove the symbol, or does the symbol remain there as an indication that the article was at one time stolen/copied?
No, don't worry . . . It takes a while, even a couple of months before they check it again and remove the symbol. It does you no harm at all.
In fact, having an article copied is not really a detriment as far as HubPages is concerned, as long as your article is clearly published here first. It may affect your views or status on Google very slightly.
The main concern is that it is Theft. Lawbreakers need to be held accountable, and everyone need to learn that it is unacceptable to steal property.
Thanks for your response and feedback, Rochelle. I could not agree with you more on the issue of theft.
I have one or two of those little red "c" things that have never disappeared, even though I have contacted the team about them a few times. I just learn to live with them. Articles are gone, red c remains. Ain't life grand!!
The dmca works when there are ads but in my experience, the foreign websites with or without ads, tend to ignore me. I have also translated the requests and then had someone hack my emails contacts.
DMCAs need to be sent to webhosts, not site owners or Google (unless Google owns the site).
Out of the dozens (hundreds?) of DMCA's I've filed, there were only two that I felt really didn't know better. One was a group of high school students doing a project for school and the other a small business owner that had hired someone to build their page for them and had no idea what they had actually done.
The vast majority know exactly what they are doing, intend to do it, and will pay zero attention to your requests for a take down. The site hosts, on the other hand, are usually quite honest and most often will take prompt action. An exception are those in China or Russia, where law enforcement doesn't care any more than the thief does.
Mine are constantly being copied. I've had pretty good success with getting the copyright infringements removed but it's an on going thing. Sometimes I can just call the company directly and most of the time they are polite and remove the content. Other times not so easy. No phone number, no contact info, etc. So I use the Google DMCA form. Usually works out pretty well. Some of them are simply not worth my time since I guarantee they aren't making a cent off my articles.
Just sending it to Google might have it removed from search results but it doesn't get the content taken down. It will still appear via other search engines. Hosting companies have ToS that prohibit site owners posting stolen content. If reputable (and not Chinese or Russian), they will have it removed from the web completely.
One time I called a company and they wound up offering me a job writing articles for them about their products. I declined.
lol. That's awesome! A previous comment was something about Google, ya I know. It won't remove from all search engines. I just try to prevent it when I can but as I said earlier.. These copying idiots are no threat most of the time. Their articles MIGHT be found a few hundred pages into a Google search. I think most Hubbers are starting to see that with even general key word searches their articles are appearing at higher rankings in searches.
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