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  1. Sherry H profile image96
    Sherry Hposted 2 months ago

    My top article which was one of the very first articles I wrote wa copied by a site in December, 2018. I did not issue a complaint at that time because I could not find the author's email address. I thought Google recognizes real articles from copied ones so I did not mind much. But now I am hating to see the comments in her article. ON the top of this my views for this article are down by 75%.
    I am an amateur writer who just started to learn writing. It hurts to see such beautiful comments on her article. I am sure her written English is better than mine which might have made her top the google despite her copying. Please help me out. Should I comment on her page since I don't find her email even now?

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      You don't need an author's email address to file a DMCA demanding the article be taken down.  Indeed, it is most effective to file the document with the hosting site as most authors already know what they have done is illegal and will simply ignore anything you give them.  Some hosting sites, notably those in China, Russia and a few other countries will ignore you as well, though.

      There are instructions in the help center for filing a DMCA, and if the copy is turning up on your "copied articles" section of your statistics screen it will help walk you through it.  In addition, there is an article on my profile carousel that will help you find where to file if it isn't obvious.

      Finally, Google will accept a complaint as well.  They can't take down the article, but can remove it from their search engine results and they should be viewed as a last chance effort.  Of course, all the other search engines will still have it listed, which is a good reason to actually get it removed from the web.

      1. Sherry H profile image96
        Sherry Hposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you @wilderness. This is really informative. The article is not mentioned on the copied articles section. The author rephrased every thing.
        I have sent an e-mail to HubPages team for now.

    2. carolynkaye profile image97
      carolynkayeposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      You can use a site like to find the name of the page's hosting provider. Most hosting companies have an "Abuse" email address or contact form to fill out for copyright infringement. This is where to send the DMCA notice. In my experience, contacting the hosting provider is the fastest way to get the infringing material taken down.

      1. Sherry H profile image96
        Sherry Hposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you for the reply @carolynkaye. This is very helpful. I have sent a complaint to the host using your instructions. Waiting for the response.

    3. Matt Wells profile imageSTAFF
      Matt Wellsposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      I'll help you find the information and file a DMCA complaint. Send an email to with a link to your copied article.

      1. Sherry H profile image96
        Sherry Hposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you so much. I have send the e-mail to HP team.

  2. viryabo profile image94
    viryaboposted 2 months ago

    Once I see Adsense ads on the violating page, I just head for Google's Legal Removal Request.

    My experience with asking them to take down content they stole from me has always been negative, and a couple of times, abusive!

    They don't listen and they don't care, that's even if you can get to contact them. I even had to join a couple of thieving sites, just to be able to make a complaint in their comments section.
    I don't really have the time to go chasing a thief up and down the internet.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 2 months agoin reply to this

      The key is to go to the hosting site, not the thief.  Hosts in most countries (but not China nor Russia) will respond pretty quickly and get the stolen material taken down.  Most countries are signatories, after all, and hosts that allow illegal material on their servers, particularly after being notified, can get in hot water.

      I did get results, in Scotland as I recall, by going to the Scottish government for aid when the host did not follow through, but that's pretty rare.


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