Copied hub slightly altered

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  1. OldRoses profile image98
    OldRosesposted 23 months ago

    I had a hub copied by another site.  I sent a DMCA complaint and rather than removing my hub, they changed the title and the wording slightly.  Is altering a hub for use on another site without the author's permission considered legal?  Is this now considered a completely different article?

    1. psycheskinner profile image85
      psycheskinnerposted 23 months agoin reply to this

      It sounds like it is still clearly a derivative work--keep copies of before and after if poss.  Its still your copyright if it has any of your orginal left.

      1. OldRoses profile image98
        OldRosesposted 23 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks, I will.  It is still very clearly my work.  Only a few words have been altered.

    2. Sparrowlet profile image93
      Sparrowletposted 23 months agoin reply to this

      Hi - If you can find out who the website host is (the company hosting the website where your article is copied), you can contact them and complain. They don't want their hosting business compromised by their publishers' sites being banned or ranking low on google for copied content and they'll often take action. They usually have a policy that you can't plagiarize on a site they are hosting for you anyway. Another strategy that sometimes works is to contact any advertiser that is on their site. For example, a site that had copied an article of mine uses "infolinks" company to place ads on their site. I contacted infolinks and informed them that their publisher was plagiarizing my original content and they responded right away. They also do not want their advertising associated with plagiarized material! So there are things you can do in addition to filing a formal complaint with google. Here is the url to the page where you can request that a site be removed from google searches:

      Under "what google product" click on Web Search and go from there. Hope this helps!


      1. OldRoses profile image98
        OldRosesposted 23 months agoin reply to this

        Kat, I have already filed a DMCA complaint with the hosting company because there is no contact info on the site.  It was after I contacted them that the "changes" were made to the article.  Apparently enough changes were made that the hosting company was satisfied that the article is no longer plagiarizing.  I'll try your suggestion about Google.  Thanks for the info!

    3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image96
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 23 months agoin reply to this

      If they even keep one sentence or image they are inviolation of the DMCA.  Send another one.  If they don't take it down, contact Google and file a complaint.

  2. lobobrandon profile image90
    lobobrandonposted 23 months ago

    Is this on a credible site? It is still a copyright infringement. I would file a DMCA complaint with Google. Then no one is going to ever get to that article. Not the best solution, but that's probably the best outcome.

    1. OldRoses profile image98
      OldRosesposted 23 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks!  I'll try that.

      1. chef-de-jour profile image96
        chef-de-jourposted 23 months agoin reply to this

        Keep trying. Persist. I've lost count of the number of DMCAs I've filed over the years but most have been successful. As have been emails written directly. The website owners route can also bring results.

        I dread receiving that little red c because it means instant annoyance - and I'm like you, I feel I have to react to stop these cheats and losers - so let's hope Google can flex its muscles and take the offending material down.
        Best of luck.


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