"Copied Articles" Page Needs Some Attention

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  1. watergeek profile image96
    watergeekposted 16 months ago

    I have four hubs that show up as copied.

    1) The first one is listed twice, but I dealt with it a long time ago and that page no longer exists. On the first listing there's a delete button, but it doesn't do anything when I click it. I'd like to have that entire listing taken off, if possible.

    2) The second one is also listed twice. I've checked it and the host has given me credit and has posted a live link to DenGarden.com. That one I'm ok with. I wish there were a button or some way I could indicate that it's ok.

    3) This one is also listed twice. It's a website promoting writing services that is using my article underneath the visible website to attract customers. I wrote the website contact person, who responded saying, "F*** off!" (only spelling it out). Today I filed a DMCA complaint with the website's host.

    4) This one is listed under two different URLs that I happen to know are the same nonprofit. I'm totally OK with them copying my article, since I know the people involved and support their work. Again, I wish there was some way on the Copied Articles page that I could indicate I'm ok with it.

    Thanks,
    Watergeek

  2. Natalie Frank profile image94
    Natalie Frankposted 16 months ago

    I would recommend contacting the HP team directly to address all this and get their response.  Just a quick note about the last one - You may be alright with someone copying your article but HP isn't.  They want the content published here to be unique and not to be replicated anywhere.  It has been pointed out that some people will copy their own article to use on their website (which is a no no as well but people do it).  But that being said it will still come up as copied if it posted elsewhere first.  Which leads me to wonder why your article would be coming up as copied if it was posted here first then copied by another site.  I think it would only be listed as copied if it appeared elsewhere first then was copied to be put here.  Again though the HP folks would be the ones to query about all this so I'd shoot them a direct message.  Good luck.

    1. WryLilt profile image89
      WryLiltposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I think you have it the wrong way around smile that area of the dashboard shows links where people have scraped (stolen) content without your permission, which is a common occurrence on Hubpages. Hubpages won't allow you to publish anything herer that is already posted somewhere else.

  3. Natalie Frank profile image94
    Natalie Frankposted 16 months ago

    I think that's what I said (though I'm on cold meds and may be a bit backwards right now ( : )
    HP won't let you publish anything that's already published elsewhere but it doesn't come up as copied  if you publish it on HP first then post it elsewhere.  So if articles come back saying their copied here that means they already have been published elsewhere.

    1. Jean Bakula profile image94
      Jean Bakulaposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I just looked at my copied articles and was stunned. I have a site on wordpress.com, and someone on another site there copied my work word for word. I was able to send DMCA's to the worst offenders. But I find often the sites are little and have almost no content on them. One was up for sale. But it still hurts to see my own work copied like that.

      I find most of the time it's almost impossible to find a way to contact the site itself or find who hosts it. That's why I left a lot of them alone. Also, they didn't have ads, so I'm not losing money. But there was one slickly put together site that stole about 10 of my hubs, so I got some help with that. I hope they cooperate. Once in a while if you can email someone directly, and just ask them to take it down, they will.

  4. watergeek profile image96
    watergeekposted 16 months ago

    What these websites are doing is trying to divert traffic from your article by taking paragraphs of it (or the whole thing) to use on their own websites. The assumption is that if it's popular for you in the search engines, then they should be able to get some traffic from it too.

    The site I'm going after now has cleverly put my article (and others) on a page that is covered over by their homepage (metadata? microdata?). It has the same URL, so when I send a DMCA complaint with the URL to the website host, they don't see anything except the homepage. I do a "control F" with a keyword phrase to find the script behind the page, but the host website hasn't found it yet.

    Hopefully this makes sense to somebody, because I'm not sure I'm using the right terms.

 
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