It finally happened. One of my articles was copied!

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  1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 5 weeks ago

    I wrote an article little over a week ago. It was approved and featured. Then, I received an email from HP staff that it has copyright issues, and they unpublished my article. I am like "What!!!??"  I checked out the other article and it is practically verbatim. Unbelievable. Now, what do I do.

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      Write to the team, if it is from a reputed hubber they usually set it back up. I would write to Samantha or Robin. Then file a DMCA.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        We spend more time doing SEO and filing DMCAs than we do writing articles.

        1. lobobrandon profile image89
          lobobrandonposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

          When writing for an online audience and if you want search engine traffic it's all a part of writing, you can't separate them. Doing that would just leave you not wanting to write at all.

          1. paradigmsearch profile image88
            paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

            "Doing that would just leave you not wanting to write at all."

            That's pretty much where I'm at.

        2. DrMark1961 profile image98
          DrMark1961posted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

          Just because you do does not mean everyone does. Or are you using the royal "we"?

          1. paradigmsearch profile image88
            paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

            Actually, I think it is the actual "we".

      2. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        Bump.

    2. Sherry Hewins profile image97
      Sherry Hewinsposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      What is the date on the other article? If is it so similar, and it predates yours, there really is nothing you can do.

      Honestly, the only time I ever had this happen was when I reposted an article that I thought I had removed from another website a long time before, but it was still published. So, it was a duplicate of something on one of my own websites. My bad!

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
        Kenna McHughposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        There is no date on the article. I check my article on copyscape before submission just to make sure. I do that sometimes on travel articles, which this as article is.

        1. paradigmsearch profile image88
          paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

          Poke HP with a stick! HP will confirm and Google already knows! What is the problem; read entire thread?

  2. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks ago

    Since HP destroyed your proof of being first, I have no idea.

  3. Rupert Taylor profile image97
    Rupert Taylorposted 5 weeks ago

    There should be a red warning in the Author Center above your article. Click on that and it will give you instructions on how to file a DMCA complaint. Sometimes, the thief complies, sometimes not.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

      How can she file a DMCA when her article has been unpublished?

      1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
        Kenna McHughposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        Good point!

        1. paradigmsearch profile image88
          paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

          I'd guess that what Lobobrandon said will eventually work. It's just all a pain the neck.

          1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
            Kenna McHughposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

            Yes. I have to compare and make sure I don't write what they stole. Sounds so flipped.

            1. paradigmsearch profile image88
              paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

              No! Do what Lobobrandon said. It's your article; fight for it!

              1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
                Kenna McHughposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

                How can I when the article is not live?

                1. Sherry Hewins profile image97
                  Sherry Hewinsposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

                  hp knows when you submitted the article. If it is before the other article showed up, they know.

                  1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
                    Kenna McHughposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

                    I wrote this article myself. So, something is off. HP has emailed on this.

                  2. paradigmsearch profile image88
                    paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

                    This.

                  3. Marketing Merit profile image96
                    Marketing Meritposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

                    You can definitely backdate an article on your own website Sherry, if you are using Wordpress as your CMS. I don't believe that there is anything in the page source code that will identify backdating. It does have a legitimate use, but is also abused by blackhatters.

                    I'm really disappointed that HP has deleted Kenna's article, as it limits her options for redress. I did quickly search online to see how Google deals with such matters. Apparently, they use the date that the article was indexed. This in itself is problematic as not all sites are crawled with the same degree of frequency or within the same timeframe.

                    I think further input from the team is needed in order to clarify why they believe the other article pre-dated Kenna's.

                2. paradigmsearch profile image88
                  paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

                  Straighten it out with HP.

                  As lobobrandon said, if that doesn't work;

                  I definitely want to hear about it.

                  You better win this big_smile

                  1. paradigmsearch profile image88
                    paradigmsearchposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

                    My punctuation is incorrect on this; please disregard.

      2. Kenna McHugh profile image89
        Kenna McHughposted 5 weeks agoin reply to this

        I have more to add to the article and was going to wait to add it. My solution is to rewrite article but let HP now about this other site. They copied me.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 4 weeks ago

    Drat! Just found a half-dozen DMCA's I'm going to have to file.

    1. Kenna McHugh profile image89
      Kenna McHughposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      Wow! How did you find them?

      1. Sherry Hewins profile image97
        Sherry Hewinsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        If you copy a paragraph out of a hub, and search for it in Google, it's amazing what you will find.

  5. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 4 weeks ago

    I have around 100 copied. I gave up trying to chase them!

  6. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image97
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 4 weeks ago

    With me, the goal line is always forward. It is something in front of me. Not behind me. I bet I've got more than a dozen copied right now. I'm much more interested in producing something new. I figure we're supposed to be content creators. I do sometimes file a complaint with Google, but only when I'm not working on something else.

 
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