I have been hearing a bit recently about work being copied///
how do I find out if that is happening to my work?
I just reported this to a fellow hubber. His work was being copied wholesale, repeatedly. Simply take key phrases from your hubs and paste them into a google search. Typically you will find that a blogger out there is copying your stuff in whole or part.
There are a number of free and paid online scanners, Copyscape being one of them. Fellow hubber Edweirdo has launched a new service, Hub Defender, which does the same thing, they also offer a free and paid version.
there is also another service called Google alert. How is it WE? http://www.google.com/alerts
That is an excellent free service. But one alert needs to be set up for each hub.
Thank you. But setting up one alert for each hub is little hard work but its good enough for a free service.
I have another question. If someone translate your work in other language and publish it elsewhere will I be able to find it anyhow? Recently three of my hubs were translated and published in a magazine in my country. They only added a footnote-note:"Source: Internet." I contacted the author who is actually a friend of mine but he told that for translating something no permission is needed from the author.I didn't argue with him as the magazine is not published online. But if it was published online what would happen? And wasn't it unfair to translate my content without giving me credit?
As for how to detect translations, you could simply do a Google search or set up a Google Alert for the phrases that cannot be translated, then see what comes up.
As the copyright holder, you have the exclusive right to authorize or not authorize translations, which is a so-called "derivative work." This follows from the Berne Convention, which covers most countries of the world. You can check their website for any countries not included.
Your country has been a member since 1999, so your friend's argument that translation requires no permission sounds to be without merit. It was not only unfair, but unlawful. But each country has their own enforcement mechanism, and where national due process is lacking, this can make enforcement ineffective.
http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/bern … wo001.html
thank you very much for the information. I will check the link now. But I am afraid there are laws in my country but no application. corruption
Hi, You need to go to your account page.
In there you will see all your hubs. Those which have been copied should have a little red "C" in a circle next to the title.
You can also choose the "copied hubs" option. It is also on your account page under Your hubs: statistics, feedback, broken links, malicious links, the last option in that columne is "Copied hubs" click on that and will give you a whole list.
I must warn you, it can be dishartening... I have 16 hubs copied, some of them to multiple sites. It is really annoying having to waste time sending notifications to those sites so they remove your copied content from their sites. With some sites it is very fast and easy, but other sites make it as difficult as possible!
Princessa, I agree that this is an option. However, I would need to advise RNMSN that HubPages' alerts is no reliable substitute for proactive copyright scanning. Alerts do not capture everything, far from it.
Yes, you are right, but it is always a good start.
I really dread to have a more indepth look... it is bad enough as it is.
The real question is how to avoid people copying your work. Is there any way to stop them?
I am with you. I think some people are a lot more at risk than others, depending on their type of contents.
There is no way to prevent this kind of "theft" on HubPages. On my personal website, I convert stories to image files, which gives a great interface and are very impractical to copy, since there is no text. But the search engines cannot read images, so that wouldn't work for most people.
Copyright notices and warnings are known to have little effect. They may discourage some small-time bloggers and such, but the big thieves use automated systems and couldn't care less.
Yes, most people just ignore the Copyright notices and I think that you cannot do anything else about it; or can you?
Wordpress has been really good removing copied content from their site. They answered my emails almost inmediatly and the content was removed the same day.
Unfortunetely, most sites don't even accept Copyright notices by email, they ask you to send a whole lot of documents by post!!!
What to do about it? There is pretty much a standard procedure:
-Informal request to take down the copied material;
-Formal cease-and-desist letter (or email);
-DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) complaint filed with the host. Can also be filed with Google, if the site has Adsense.
Oftentimes, people go straight to the DMCA complaint, which can be filed electronically. Edweirdo's service and other copyright scanning services include features to easily submit such a complaint. Once the DMCA has been filed, the host may have a legal obligation to remove the offending material; here I am talking about websites hosted in the US.
So far I've only been using HubPages DMCA complaint.
I have also tried -where possible- emailing the offender.
Thanks for the information.
You are welcome. Sound like you are doing the right thing.
What I really want to know is what is the likelihood someone will steal a hub and then formally register it with the copyright office. That would legally take the copyright away from the real owner. I wish I could legally register all of my hubs, but I don't have enough money to pay $35 per hub, but I've often wondered what the likelihood is that someone else would steal an article and then register it as theirs. A court of law would take that registration as gospel and the original author wouldn't have a leg to stand on.
Registering with the copyright office merely proves that you had the works in your possession at the time that you submitted them for registration, not that you are indeed the owner. I see no problem with someone else proving that they had published the materials prior to that date. Copyright registration does not create a copyright, merely it establishes a priority date.
If you want inexpensive, irrefutable proof that the hubs were in your possession on a given date, you can upload them as a zip file to the international copyright registry that is associated with the Berne Convention, then order a hard copy (disk) for evidence. This hub by Fiction Factory includes the relevant link:
You can also copy a section of your hub, up to 32 words, and Google it.
I take a random sentence from my hubs and google them. That's how I find out when a hub has been copied. It's easy and free. Probably not all-inclusive, tho.
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