I just discovered an article of mine was copied by a site called SuccessStory dot com.
Just filed a DMCA complaint.
Has anybody filed a complaint with them before?
Thanks in advance.
It's just part of the life of an online writer or content creator. I've never heard of that website, but stealing from Hubpages is pretty common.
I just filed my second copyright violation this morning. Since I filed the last time, I see hubpages has more information as to finding the hosting company and the owners of the sites.
I'm wondering what the record is for filing the most violations in a week is?
I did 20+ in a day once. And a few here and there before after this. I don't bother anymore. Those sites are full of spam and copied articles that they pose no real threat. I find it a waste of time filing DMCA's. I still look at who is copying my work though, if it's a good website I write to them and if they don't respond I file a DMCA because a good website with original content with a few copied articles may pose a slight threat to my rankings.
That's quite a lot to deal with...I guess you could feel complimented that your work is that good..
I had a nasty reply to a takedown request.
Its stressful to deal with these thieves...is it worth while?
I feel the same way. If I search for my stolen article, and find it on a site with around 10 other articles on it, it's not worth the time. Many of the sites which plagiarized our work are no longer existing anymore, so I don't know how HP expects us to track them down, it's an exercise in futility.
I do have a few stolen pieces on a site sponsored by a known offending host though, and the site is really slick. I've been fighting them for months, and they keep sending me a new method of dealing with my DMCA. First they wanted me to list all the pieces separately. Then they wanted one DMCA for all of them. Now I have a form they want me to complete, with copies of my work and the piece copied, yet again. It gets so frustrating. But I can't let these go, I believe they are getting traffic.
You have to decide when it's worth it.
Are you issuing these to the site's webhost, Jean? Not the site owners themselves. Going directly to the host usually ensures immediate removal.
You can discover the host by typing the domain into whois.com
If the web hosts are not responsive and you think they are receiving traffic, file a DMCA with Google https://support.google.com/legal/answer/3110420 it will at least take down the result from the search engine.
I tried to track down the web host but they are hidden, so I filed with google.
Hi Bev and Brandon,
Sometimes I can't even find a host for some of these sites by using whois.com. And many of the sites no longer exist, but I still have lists of stolen hubs on my A/C page.
I never tried just filing the DMCA with Google, maybe I'll try that. Thanks.
I see it as a challenge. If you file with the webhost, you shouldn't have a problem.
Has anyone received a notification from google after they remove a website for copyright violation?
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