So I checked some of my better performing hubs that I published years ago and it says my content may have been stolen! I clicked the links and there are multiple websites that are just copy and pasting my paragraphs! They are plagiarizing my content! Some of these websites are foreign apparently and contain a bunch of pop-ups where I can barely tell what's going on. I'm afraid that I may get a virus visiting them.
What is the best course of action? People are stealing my articles! Did I lose out on traffic and income because of this?! It seems it has been happening in 2021 and 2022. I am livid!
I don't really understand how Google deals with this. Has this happened to anyone?
You should file DMCA complaints. Please visit the FAQ for instructions.
If they are foreign sites and your material is buried under a load of gobbledegook, I wouldn't bother. It's a waste of time.
However, if you can trace the web host by way of a whois search, you can email them a DMCA. The text of which is provided by HubPages on the 'copied articles' tab on your stats page.
Many of the hubs we publish here are stolen. If it happens right away it is a problem since you can be accused of stealing and your artile is unpublished because of duplicate content. If it happens later it is usually not worth worrying about but you can file a DCMA report if you have a lot of free time on your hands and nothing better to do.
The best thing you could do before going through that process is see where to plagiarists copy rates in the search engines. Many of my articles have been copied but almost never make the front page of Google.
If it really bothers you though go ahead and file a DCMA with Google and the article will most lilkely be taken down.
This has happened to me alot over my years of writing online. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can really be done. Changing and updating your content will help, but only temporarily until it is stolen again. Also reaching out to the website and or persons who stole your content may be beneficial.
Another stolen content issue. When should google have done once and for all with it?
Every year for the past 5 years, I have been receiving the warning message my articles have been stolen. The articles being stolen have been in the range of 2-3 articles.
You can determine from the site that has stolen your work whether it's necessary to take legal action. Currently, two of my articles have been stolen by two separate websites. Looking at the sites, I had deduced there's no point of taking legal action. They aren't even earning from their site since how the layout and design of the sites, and content published are in a mess. You can't make head to foot when reading the content published there.
If you have determined the sites that have stolen your articles are getting considerable views from your stolen articles then you can take a number of legal actions.
The simplest, that doesn't require fishing out money from your pocket is by filing an infringement complaint. Hubpages has provided an infringement form template which you should send to the owner of the site that has infringed upon your work. If they don't respond, send the form to the site's hosting company. There are free hosting websites online that you can utilise to determine who hosts a certain website.
I would say it's better to approach the company that hosts the website in question than the owner of the website. The owners don't usually respond. With webhost companies, the wouldn't want to tarnish their reputation, and at the same time, they don't tolerate their customers infringing on other people's work thus they'll send a warning message to the website owner who has stolen your work to pull down the copied work. If the owner doesn't remove the stolen work, the webhost company will shut down that site. I have noted this among the sites that stole my work (and possibly other writers' works).
The best way to deal with this matter is to try and approach those who stole the work if you can find their contact on the given site. If not, then go a head and file a complaint to the web host and if this still doesn't work, to Google
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