This particular hub was published in June 10, 2009. Just tonight, I've noticed a tiny little c with a circle around it next to my hub title in my account. So, I checked it out and WOWSA. A website has duplicated my entire content, my name and all. The only problem that I see is that there is no link taking it back to my particular hub.
This is the first time it has happened to me. I'm kind of thrilled. Number one, it's a cochlear implant hub, and whoever posted it on the National Interpreters' Site wanted to broadcast this information. This means there is more demand for cochlear implant information, which I do have.
But the problem is that now it is a duplicate. That affects my hub. And there is no link, so no traffic. I didn't ask to have that put up there. I am contacting the webmaster and asking to have a link put there.
So, my questions remain. Do I totally freak out over the duplicate OR do I simply ask them to link back to my hub? Or ask them to only copy part of it and then link back to my hub? What exactly do I explain to them and what do I need done? Or should it be removed entirely and I can provide them different original material that is not a duplicate on here?
Oh and this. You can see how duplicated it is. I mean, it has my author name and everything. Haha. Just no way of linking to me or the hub itself. Just 'Sunny Robinson' which is a pen name I recently adopted.
My hub: http://hubpages.com/hub/Cochlear-Implant--Cell-Phones
The copy: http://www.terpslink.net/CI/CI_CP.htm
I'd recommend asking them to either take it down completely OR to provide an excerpt with a link back to your article.
Otherwise there are two copies of one article and you never know - with a bit of work their copy could rank higher than your hub. AND any visitors to their copy could click adverts which would make THEM money from YOUR work.
If you follow the copied link on the hub, hubpages has a letter you can use to contact the webmaster about taking down the duplicate.
Well, I was thinking about the making money off my work part. I also noticed they didn't really have any ads on that website.
Nonetheless, I do believe they should just excerpt it and link back to me. Thank you! I wasn't sure.
Yes, that's definitely the best option. It's probably a well-respected site, so having a link from their site to your Hub will give you a "boost" in Google's eyes.
I would write to them nicely the first time, saying you're flattered that they used your article but pointing out that it is copyrighted and you would normally charge $200 to provide such an article (keep a straight face here). However as it's in the public interest they are very welcome to quote a reasonable amount of the content, provided they acknowledge you as author and provide a hyperlink to your Hub.
You can get nasty later if they don't respond!
I have a LG scoop also...
I wouldnt accept just an excerpt and a link. The site has plenty of advertising and they have stolen an entire article plus personal photos!
Personally, I hate when I have to spend time defending past work, so any repercussions always account for my lost time, I think you should receive not just one link to the already stolen content, but rather a minimum of a half dozen links to all your related relevant content.
Offering them a license will only encourage them to plagiarize others in the future.
Well, I wrote them a letter. A super nice one that didn't mention $200, rofl, but I mentioned copyright and the fact that I'm a reputable author on a reputable website. Told them they copied the entire thing, and that I would prefer that they excerpted it and linked it instead.
That's over 20 hours ago. Still waiting a reply! I gave them a few days.
I'm impatient. :I I believe tomorrow I will file with DMCA. Or do I really need to be doing that now?
If you gave them a few days, then you are bound to honor that, of course.
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