Well they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Hubpages found not one but two copied hubs of mine. Fixing the problem seem to be straightforward enough. The first webmaster has already fixed the problem and am waiting on word back from the second. Meanwhile, well done Hubpages staff for making the whole process so painless - and the ready filled out out DMCA complaint form will be an absolute boon to those of us who find a webmaster who is anything less than helpful!
Thanks again...I had no idea you had such helpful measures in place until I was notified of having copied hubs myself.
I've started to notice that several of my hubs have been copied as well. Unfortunately, mine have been copied by someone in another country which makes the process of going after them rather difficult. I still haven't decided if it will be worth the effort to chase them down. Most search engines seem to be pretty good at determining with one is the original anyway.
you're having better luck than me. One I think I'll have no problem with once they see I contacted them. The other seems to be out of India and is a pain. I was alerted of two today. I haven't filled out a complaint form yet, trying to get them to remove it, but what a rude administrator!
Look under My Account ~> Copied Hubs. It should tell you the offending site and off to the right is the DMCA file which you can click on to open and find all the details already filled out. Hope you don't have to go down that route - me neither as my printer isn't working.
yes, I checked that. plus on my own I found two other sites where it is..
the ones listed are articleswap.biz and bwebcentral.com. it doesn't look easy to contact the webmaster. if anyone has dealt with them, let me know. these article swap sites are ridiculous. they just go steal articles and post it.
HP doesn't have DMCA info on these two sites.
I don;t know if this helps but I found this email address for bwebcentral - privacy@BWebCentral.com
yes, I found it also and sent him a message and also informed him that I was including a link as I found numerous HubPages articles in their RSS feed. I'm not entirely sure how those sites work, but it seems all they do is swap articles they find on other sites? That doesn't seem ethical to me without contacting the author.
thank you for taking the time to help me.
I hope things will be sorted for you Ms Rebekkah and Ms Izzy, I have five copied hubs but I can't seem to contact the webmaster of each sites. What will I do if I can't contact the webmaster and it is not a google blog?
well, at least they're not making $ off your hub, but they still stole your content. I don't know what else to do if you cannot find a contact. Did you try the http://whois.domaintools.com/ ? this should give you the site owners name.
did you try contacting HP?
Well that sucks Izzy
Just filed three DMCA's this week. Don't think the site owners are listening. Next stop the big guns.
Hope you get sorted
Wow, the copied content just keep on adding everyday. I have thirteen already, just sorted out three and everyday I have a duplicate notice.
these article swap sites. I have two hubs copied on the site, articleswap.biz which feeds it to other social bookmarking sites, etc and feeds to search engines. it references our exact articles, so it doesn't seem like it's copied content to me.
people post articles there like they would on stumbleupon, etc., so I don't get why I'm getting a warning if it works like those other sites.
take a break pretty, go enjoy your weekend.
Does HubPages regularly look for copies of articles that have been posted on other sites? How do you know if you work was copied?
Hi Izzy and all - Wow - great new feature, although I must say that I am a little put out to find that 5 of my hubs have been copied.
bwebcentral and Articleswap take the entire articles and preserve the links. This could be a good thing, somewhat like an unauthorised version of yousaytoo. We all have the original content, so this is what counts with google. Make sure that you have a few links to your other hubs in each hub you write, so if it gets uses, its good promotion I guess.
I don't know if the adsense on the articles will still be credited to me - will try to look into it further, but it looks like they might.
As for the other thieving swines who have just taken articles for their own illegal gains, I guess Ill start with the DMCA complaints!
I can't imagine you will get adsense credit. That account is tied to your profile page and HP, so without those two google will not have the information to pay you with. The URL has obviously changed as well.
I had one copied, but I got notified by another hubber, not by the site. I think it was fairly recent though... and luckily only took about 5 hours to get taken down.
Its our own fault - we are just all too good here on hubpages. Lets us all take a moment to bask in our collective magnificence.
They can take our content, they can steal our images, but they will never take our FREEDOM!
LOL brilliantly said!
Actually mine it seems were copied months ago - like February - and I only just got notification the other day(the copyright 'c' appeared on the affected hubs).
One is sorted - the other ignored me but at least they have linked back to the article even if they took the entire content.
The entire content of a SALES HUB is no big deal without the sales items!
Weren't Whitney and Relache asking for the removal of the copyright symbol once the problem had been rectified? I had no idea up till now that they stayed.
Just got two more little red copyright symbols today! It is turning into a full time job! One that quite amused me was a new hubber left me a comment some time ago saying how helpful he/she had found my article and when I went to look at their account there was only 4 very short hubs on the same subject. Had they written them first and then found my hub, or had I indeed been 'very helpful'?
I've just had my notification of my third ever copied hub. You got it. bwcentral.
Strange this is, I can view the hub duplication warnings on bwebcentral, and edit the hub if I choose, through their copy. If I sign out of Hubpages, I sign out of their copy too. They carry the same ads. What is going on? How is that possible?
Oh and the original hub has gained 5 new backlinks from bwebcentral.
if you read through the page, you see a link to the owner.
also one of Habees articles on how to find shark teeth.
it gives an ip address from scottsdale, arizona.
That's great Rebekah, ta
Unfortunately I haven't a clue what to do at this stage, so I've passed the link on to hubteam if no-one had done that already. They asked under the DMCA report file for further info on the site if anyone found it. I see they are hosted by godaddy. No use complaining to them?
Izzy, I have exactly the same situation and worry: one of my hubs is now on bwebcentral including links, ads, comments, a copyright notice they ignored and even the warning from hubpages for my eyes only that the hub has been copied! Not only that but I can navigate within this duplicate site and am naturally very worried! And how on Earth has this happened? How can bwebcentral get access to our hubpages like this?
yes that just happened to me, it was a hubber that was stealing hubs and posting on another site, sweetsusieb saw one of my hubs word for word and allerted me.
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