Content Theft - It’s Driving Me Crazy

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  1. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Please read this very important and relevant article about content theft by Misbah Sheikh. … tent-theft

    Misbah, thank you do much for taking up my challenge. I love what you wrote. You said exactly what many of us here are feeling. I also hate to say this, but I hope Acpeo steals this one.

    1. surovi99 profile image84
      surovi99posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Misbah, for voicing all our concerns on HP about content theft. I also hope the site in question steals this article and get a dose of punishment. Let's hope for the best and let's hope everything will ease out. I hope the HP team also gives a helping hand in this. I am sorry, Misbah, you had to go through so much hassle. Let's pray and hope for the best.

      Thank you, John, for encouraging her to write this article and sharing her link in this forum.

      1. Jodah profile image90
        Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        My pleasure, Rosina. We have to keep drawing attention to this shameful practice. Thank you for reading.

      2. Misbah786 profile image84
        Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Rosina, thank you so much for reading and for your kind words. As John stated, we must continue to draw attention to this shameful practice. So let's fill their website with such wonderful articles and let's make sure their readers read them. They are now uncovering their true faces by their carelessness. It's time for the masks to fall down. It would be a lot of fun. Let's sit back and enjoy the show silently smile big_smile

        Blessings and love as always!!

    2. Misbah786 profile image84
      Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much, John. It really worked. I am so happy. Lol! big_smile
      Lots of Blessings to you, dear friend smile

      1. Jodah profile image90
        Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Congratulations! The plan really worked. I hope the article gets lots of readers at Gourmet Pro lol. I am thinking about writing one as well, and anyone else who has had an article stolen by Acpeo should also.

        1. Misbah786 profile image84
          Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I, too, am hoping for a large number of readers for that article on their website. Lol! It's a lot of fun. I'm in the air. It's amusing how a website just copies and pastes anything. Please go ahead and publish one, and let's fill their beautiful website with our wonderful articles big_smile

    3. ChitrangadaSharan profile image92
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Misbah, for writing this article.
      I am amused and frustrated at the same time, because like a copycat, they immediately copied it on their website, without even reading, what it is about.
      I am worried too, because as soon as an article is published, it’s copied there. In such case, it’s very difficult to claim, ‘who published it first’, I mean the date.
      I can see almost every article, published recently on that website.
      It’s like they are running a parallel website.
      I don’t understand, what’s the use of that copyright symbol at the end of the article, on HubPages.
      Like everyone, I hope this problem of content theft is resolved, as soon as possible.
      Looking at their website, it seems they have quite a large presence on social media, and many subscribers too.
      Thank you Misbah, and thank you John, for sharing this.

      1. Misbah786 profile image84
        Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Chitra Di, I hope all of their subscribers read this article and unsubscribe them soon smile
        I wrote it for fun and, of course, to take some revenge. I'm delighted they copied this one as well. Yes, I agree that HubPages should help and support us in this respect, as the current situation here is not normal at all. It would be hard for us to stop them from copying our material without the cooperation of HP. Thank you so much for reading and leaving such thoughtful and insightful feedback.

        Many Blessings and Much Love!!

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

      You should file a DMCA complaint with the website that copied your content. Please visit the FAQ for instructions. If the site does not respond you can file a DMCA complaint with search engines. HubPages writers own their content, so HubPages cannot file DMCA complaints on behalf of writers.

      1. Misbah786 profile image84
        Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Hello Matt,

        I appreciate you taking the time to respond to this issue; I understand and respect your words. I've already filed a DMCA and sent an email to the person who is stealing our articles. The person never responded but removed my articles yesterday, and everything seemed to be okay until the person started re-posting my previous articles on the same site. I have filed a DMCA, but doing so for each new work would be tough. It's not just about me or a few writers; the person is targeting nearly every author of HP. The situation makes it difficult for us to post fresh articles because no one would want to post an article knowing that it will be copied as soon as we publish it here. I hope you can understand my concerns.

        Best Wishes!! smile

      2. Jodah profile image90
        Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I Won’t be filing a DMCA because they removed the one article of mine that had been stolen.
        Matt, This is not very helpful advice though because when Mishah filed a DMCA they removed previously stolen articles, but because they use scraping software, continue to steal all new articles published.
        You can’t expect authors to file DMCAs for every article they write here in future.

        1. Misbah786 profile image84
          Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this


          I agree! smile

  2. Misbah786 profile image84
    Misbah786posted 2 years ago

    Thanks a lot, John and Rosina. I will be back here soon but here comes a treat.

    I am so happy. big_smile

    Blessings and Love!!

  3. Pamela99 profile image89
    Pamela99posted 2 years ago

    I certainly hope something will be done about this problem, Misbah. I am glad you wrote this article. I didn't know until very recently that this was such a problem. This article is a good response to John's challenge. I hope the HP crew will help solve this problem.
    Thanks for posting Misbah's article John.

    1. Misbah786 profile image84
      Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Pamela, it is a sad situation that has left us helpless. I filed a DMCA and they removed all of my previous articles that they had posted in the last several days, but then they started re-posting them yesterday. This one I wrote specifically for them to copy, and I'm delighted they did. Thank you so much for your very kind comment, dear friend. smile
      Blessings and lots of love!

  4. theraggededge profile image96
    theraggededgeposted 2 years ago

    It's because the content is automatically scraped. That website owner is not reading the articles; they have an automated process in place and it is pointed at HubPages.

    Using Google to remove search engine results might work better with this one.

    1. Misbah786 profile image84
      Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Bev, they are simply great at copying articles using their automated method, but I honestly feel sorry for them right now. I wish they had some filters and scanners to safeguard their site from articles like the one I published for them. big_smile
      Thank you so much for your response. Much Appreciated!
      Blessings always smile

  5. PaulGoodman67 profile image95
    PaulGoodman67posted 2 years ago

    I agree with Bev.

    Pretty much all the copying that's done on a grand scale is automated.

    The bad news is that we don't have the ability totally stop the copying, which is frustrating.

    The good news is that Google can remove it from the search engines, so nobody sees it and the pirates don't profit.

    1. Misbah786 profile image84
      Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Paul, Yes, I also believe that is the case. I hope HP will assist us in this regard, as submitting DMCAs never really help, and how many times will we have to file a DMCA, as they are stealing all new articles?

      CYong recently brought to our attention on another thread that the thief's website does not have ads, so because the thief is not making money by stealing our articles, the reason for doing so is most likely his/her actual intentions. Linda Crampton also said that the goal of the site seems to be to annoy writers and perhaps HubPages. Maybe the creator is a disgruntled writer.

      I believe both of them are right regarding that site, and I also doubt the real intentions of the person who is duplicating our articles.

      Blessings to you!! smile

  6. Peggy W profile image95
    Peggy Wposted 2 years ago

    It is frustrating and maddening when our work is copied and posted elsewhere.  Most of us have had to deal with this at one time or another.  I guess I should spend some time trying to get more copied pieces eliminated.  Sometimes I succeed, and at other times I do not.

    1. Misbah786 profile image84
      Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Peggy, it's really difficult and upsetting situation. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts with me. Best wishes to you. I hope and pray for your success, dear friend. smile
      Many Blessing and Love.!!!


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