I've been wrongly accused of plagiarism by HubPages

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  1. Rupert Taylor profile image95
    Rupert Taylorposted 2 years ago

    I posted the article "Unusual Calendar Proposals" on HubPages on August 31, 2021, a day later it appeared in its entirety on a blog called DAWM, without my knowledge or permission.

    I would have thought that HP would have figured out that September 1 comes after August 31 and that it was DAWM that stole my article not the other way around.

    After much back and forth, it has dawned on admin that I am the victim not the perpetrator. Now I'm told, the article has to go through QAP again although it had already been posted to Discover.

    Not a single word of “Oops, our bad. Sorry.”

    I am deeply pi**ed and it's still hours away from wine time and the soothing qualities of the fermented grape.

    1. bravewarrior profile image87
      bravewarriorposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Rupert, once upon a time ago, HP would give us a heads up when are articles were found elsewhere on the WEB. They didn't accuse us of theft, then, so why are they making such bogus, hurtful assumptions now?

      Hey, it's okay to move up the clock. If the situation warrants, always remember: It's 5:00 somewhere!

    2. Kyler J Falk profile image89
      Kyler J Falkposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Same thing happened to me, and I was banned for a post exactly like this one within the forums, and I didn't even use no-no words!

    3. Kenna McHugh profile image91
      Kenna McHughposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Being placed on a niche site gives you a happy ending. But, I am sorry the editor didn't give you an apology.

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

      We apologize for the inconvenience. If your article is copied and is moderated as duplicate content in error, please email team@hubpages.com and we will mark it as original and publish it. You should also file a DMCA complaint with the site that stole your content. Please visit the FAQ for instructions: https://hubpages.com/faq/#copiedhub

  2. Rupert Taylor profile image95
    Rupert Taylorposted 2 years ago

    Thanks Shauna. Now, likety-split, the article has been put on Owlcation.

    I suppose I should be more thick skinned, but the assumption that I am a plagiarist cuts deep. It is an odious accusation for writers who care about their craft.

    I suppose an apology is too much to hope for.

  3. Rupert Taylor profile image95
    Rupert Taylorposted 2 years ago

    After pleading pitifully, very unbecoming, I did get an apology, but the whole smozzle should never have happened.

    1. Pamela99 profile image87
      Pamela99posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I agree. It should never have happened, and a good apology was warranted.

  4. Jodah profile image92
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    It is here where the term “innocent until proven guilty” should be applied to long established hubbers. Thieving of our articles has become so common now, and as you say it should have been obvious to staff in this instance from the dates published. Glad you received an apology eventually.

  5. bdegiulio profile image95
    bdegiulioposted 2 years ago

    I had the exact same thing happen to me by the same perpetrator, DAWM.  Copied one of my recent Hubs the same day I published it.  I filed a Copyright Removal Request with Goggle and it was removed fairly quickly.  HubPages unpublished my hub and marked it as “Duplicate Content”. After a bunch of back and forth emails with HP they were finally  convinced that the article belonged to me and was stolen by this DAWM.

  6. NateB11 profile image87
    NateB11posted 2 years ago

    I've never been falsely accused here but I've been falsely accused before, and it's always infuriating.

  7. profile image0
    ValKarasposted 2 years ago

    Lol, I don't know why I see it significant enough to be mentioned, as no one would really care about the difference -- but I actually also deleted my best viewed article with over 230,000 views. Namely, the way I composed the sentence it looked like I kept that one. This correction may simply tell a little more about how resolute I am to stop writing any more articles -- if I let my most viewed one go.

  8. Rupert Taylor profile image95
    Rupert Taylorposted 2 years ago

    Thank you Matt, but I did contact the Team over this and the first reaction was largely "Meh. And he's the website URL where the duplicate content appears and here's a link to file a DMCA." There was no apparent effort to look into the issue. It was up to me, the wrongly accused, to deal with it.

    It took me a while to get the Team to acknowledge they'd made a mistake. Not good enough.

  9. PaulGoodman67 profile image93
    PaulGoodman67posted 2 years ago

    Am I the only one who believes you were guilty, Rupert?!?!

    Just kidding with you! wink I'm glad it was all resolved (sort of)

    1. Rupert Taylor profile image95
      Rupert Taylorposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      No Paul, you are not the only one. Apparently, HubPages judged me guilty until proven innocent. Silly me, I thought it was supposed to be the other way around.


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