First time article copyright infringement

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  1. Anne Ryefield profile image88
    Anne Ryefieldposted 2 years ago

    I noticed today that one of my best articles (that really needs a rewrite) has been duplicated on a website called They copied everything from the title to the comments, though they left out the poll and all but one photo. They list on the bottom that they duplicated the article under a Creative Commons license and linked back to my article. I have reported the article to Google anyway because I don't recall agreeing to a CC license.

    There is a section for comments to be left and I'm very tempted to leave a comment stating

    "This article has been illegally copied from I am the author of this article and have NOT given permission for it to be reproduced on this website. I wasn't even asked. This article was NOT published under Creative Commons at any time. For the original article, please see (url)"

    Should I leave this comment on the duplicated article or just leave it alone?

    1. ReViewMeMedia profile image85
      ReViewMeMediaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      File a DMCA with the website host, the webhost will remove the article because DMCA has to be taken seriously because if they ignore you then you can sue them for not removing the article.

      1. Anne Ryefield profile image88
        Anne Ryefieldposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        It's a Chinese site. I sent a DMCA, but I doubt it will matter.

        1. CYong74 profile image95
          CYong74posted 2 years agoin reply to this

          File it with Google, i.e., apply to delist the page from SEO. It wouldn't remove the page, but if successful, it will remove ads. Sometimes, that has an effect on the involved ad account too and the copycat will remove the page.

        2. Matt Wells profile imageSTAFF
          Matt Wellsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Try filing a DMCA complaint with Google. See the FAQ for instructions:

  2. ReViewMeMedia profile image85
    ReViewMeMediaposted 2 years ago

    Also send a DMCA to Google because they will de-index the article.

  3. christianwalls profile image44
    christianwallsposted 2 years ago

    The best thing is to ask them to remove it. if they don't remove it then filing a DMCA claim will solve your problem

  4. bhattuc profile image83
    bhattucposted 2 years ago

    DMCA would be a better option. Pressurise them to remove it and threaten them that you might follow with a suit on them and there site itself would be in danger. It might work.

  5. Miebakagh57 profile image77
    Miebakagh57posted 2 years ago

    These days, they is regular report of articles being copy from any Hubpages site to the stable.                                               My question is: is HubPages aware of such theft actions right from her site? If not, I believe a security software device should be created and instal on her site. So that if an article or parts thereof is being copy, an alarm is trigger against the theft. And hubpages sits up to query the theft. That will save us lots of trouble via, DMCA.                                              I've not taken a dmca action any website. But I understand the process is time consuming and frustrating to others. So let hub-pages helps it's writers.

    1. bravewarrior profile image86
      bravewarriorposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Matt came in on the last thread that addressed the entire PetHelpful site having been copied to PetRadar. He made it clear that it's up to each individual author to file a DMCA report, despite the fact that HP's logo is also being used on the suspect site.

  6. alexadry profile image95
    alexadryposted 2 years ago

    They are a repeat offender copying several articles from a variety of websites. I have filed a DMCA with Google not too long ago.

  7. Anne Ryefield profile image88
    Anne Ryefieldposted 2 years ago

    Is it normal for websites to ask for a copy of your passport to verify your identity? The domain registrar asked for a copy. I have refused thus far.

    1. bravewarrior profile image86
      bravewarriorposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      No, it's not. Continue to refuse. I've never been asked to prove who I am when filing a DMCA or contacting the domain owner.

    2. Misbah786 profile image86
      Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      That's not normal. They never ask for passport copies.

    3. DrMark1961 profile image95
      DrMark1961posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Keep refusing. It is a good Idea to file with Google but realize too that this is not going to effect your page views.

    4. CYong74 profile image95
      CYong74posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I've never encountered this. (Never when I file with Google too)

      I don't think there's any dodgy business, though. The host might be trying to drive you away; they antagonize a client after all if they remove the copied content. Or, they genuinely want hard proof of your identity for whatever reason. So I've read, many trolls file fake DMCAs.

      In any case, I'd refuse and just file with Google.

  8. Anne Ryefield profile image88
    Anne Ryefieldposted 2 years ago

    This is what they emailed me:

    "Dear Halley Parke,

         Please note that we are only domain name registrar not the Registered Name Holder nor the website adminstrators.  You do not indicate clearly where the infringing content is, is that the image or others? Please circle it to us.  According to Article 1195 of the Civil Code of the People's Republic of China and Article 42 of the E-commerce Law of the People's Republic of China, if the right holder believes that their rights have been infringed, the notification platform should include preliminary evidence of the infringement and the true identity of the right holder. So please provide the following materials to us to verify the true identity of the right holder for our further investigation.

    1. The valid passport of your ID indentity, which stated your name "Halley Parke".
    2. Any further evidences that can be proof that you are the copyright holder such as trademark certifications etc.

    Moreover, the DNS provider who makes its website online is "", please also contact "" to let them delete the hosting records or block the IP address.

    Best regards,"

    1. Glenn Stok profile image96
      Glenn Stokposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Anne, It looks like you sent your DMCA takedown request to the domain name registrar and they are probably trying to get you to give them vital information they can use to steal your identity. Don’t ever give that information to anyone. 

      From my experience it  had also been a waste of time sending a takedown request to the domain registrar or website administrator.

      Instead, I always go direct to the hosting service. You can find that with this tool:

      The hosting service ia required to remove the content and give the account holder the right to file a counter claim against you, but plagiarists never do.

      You didn’t mention the domain where your plagiarized article is located, but that reply you got indicates the host is Cloudflare.

      If it is Cloudflare, it’s not going to be easy. They are the only one I have trouble with since they claim to be a network provider offering a reverse proxy, pass-through security service, and they claim they are not responsible for their client’s doings. Hundreds of webmasters have sued them.

      Here is one example of a lawsuit against Cloudflare:

      You might try looking for the DNS Nameservers, and if not Cloudflare, then send a takedown notice to that host of the nameservers instead. That always worked for me.

      The only exception where it’s going to be very difficult is if the host is in a country that does not honor the DMCA of the USA.

      1. Miebakagh57 profile image77
        Miebakagh57posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        This is very informative. Thanks.

    2. bravewarrior profile image86
      bravewarriorposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I wouldn't worry about the duplicate content. Does the duplicate show up in SERPs when you Google key phrases to your article? The site that stole it is China. I agree with Glenn; they're scamming you for vital information in order to steal your identity or worse.

  9. Anne Ryefield profile image88
    Anne Ryefieldposted 2 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the replies. I'll have to go through them properly when I'm not dead from deconstruction on the house I'm moving into. At this time, the copied article has been taken down. The PetRadars website is connected to Cloudflare. For anyone who wants to know exactly what I emailed and the responses, I can definitely post the email threads tomorrow (Friday).

    1. bravewarrior profile image86
      bravewarriorposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I'd love to see the history of the takedown, Anne.


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