Other sites keep stealing my hubs. I've left comments, emailed writers, and contacted Google. Some, however, are on foreign sites that don't use Google. Is there any recourse in such a situation?
Hello Habee I don't know how to answer you for now but I would like to ask you how to go to those links? will it be alright if we post all the possible links that stole our yours and others hubs.. thanks
Fortunately, only those that have a legitimate chance of outranking you will respond to a takedown request.
Those that ignore or have no contact information are poor-quality sites that will never rank for anything. You can file a DMCA complaint through Google if they're running AdSense.
But it's just a testament to how good quality your Hubs are.
Google is not the only means of getting duplicate content removed.
Even if the offending site's ISP is not based is the US, it can't hurt to file a DMCA take-down request with them. While they are not legally obliged to take action the way an American ISP is, they may still do so - it can't hurt to try!
And you can also request that Google de-index any links to duplicate content - it doesn't get the content removed, but if no one can find that's almost as good!
If you want to see what a de-indexing request looks like, there are loads of them over at chillingeffects.org (a repository for DMCA requests).
That's the problem with writing online. Does the site credits you for the ownership? If not and it is named after another writer that could be plagiarism. Ah yes, plagiarism--I wonder if laws against that still work on online copyrights.
Hi, MC! I don't know about posting the links here, but HP leaves us a note when our hubs have been copied, along with the links to the offending websites.
Sorry to hear it habee, it sounds like a big pain even though it's a compliment in a way because your stuff is so good people steal it. It's really similar to what the designers in the fashion industry go to when Chinese merchants in China don't respect the copyright and knock-off their designs.
sorry to hear that habee..... i don't think people should steal someone's article.... they can use it to take ideas so why to copy.....
I stopped worrying about it looooong ago. If you do a proper amount of backlinking, your pages show up way above the stolen ones.
True - but it is still frustrating for those of us who write our own content and have an attachment to it.
oh ok thanks guys for bringing this up, everyday i get a note that one of my hub is copied, man i am discouraged because i put in a lot of work into my writing and research.
LOL Get over your ego Mark, I too have quite a few pages online I wrote myself.
Oh I gave it up ages ago. No choice.
And I have thousands of pages I did not write myself. I do understand how hard it is to give up the attachment to something you put yourself into though.
I give up also. Sad but it happens. I have hubs like that. After doing the best that I can do, and nothing happens, then so be it.
I chase the worst of them, but I have far too many pages to go after all of them.
A while back I tried putting some of my older pages on a limited copying license - I said they coud reuse up to seven of them. That didn't work, of course.
Just curious on how you know which ones have been taken in the first place? Is it just from searching for similar terms in the search engines?
Also, because duplicate content is frowned upon so much by google these days I agree with Misha, it'll be hard for them to rank ahead of you, that's for sure!
HubDefender > HubPages thingie imo
Habee, you can contact hosting companies and continue sending DMCAs. I will continue doing the same thing. Also, I believe you can contact Google and other major search engines have the offending websites removed from search engines. I'll be fighting the big fight alongside you. All we can really do is fight to keep our work OURS and urge other HubPage users to go after those who copy their work and hopefully we can curb the copying.
Thanks a bunch, fellow hubbers!
Brandon, if your hub has been copied, HP leaves a note to alert you and provides the links to the guilty sites.
God whomever is stealing someones hubs is almost as lame as the kid that cheats off from the smart kids tests in high school.
Here is a somewhat funny story. When I was in 10th grade english, we were reading about greek mythology, and, we were told to write a fictional short story based on what we had learned. Well, I wrote a really good one about Athena, and I was pretty proud of it, so I was letting other kids read it. Well, one girl that I lent it to gave to her boyfriend to read, and I didn't get it back from her until the next day, it was due that afternoon.
Well, it turned out that her boyfriend took my story and copied it word for word, and turned it in as his own. He received an A+ grade, and I received a D for the same fricking story!! The only reason I can think that he got a better grade then me, was becasue he was better looking than me, and involved in sports. but he was dumb as a post.
The girl felt sorry for me, so we went to the teacher (Mrs. Bondenmiller) and, explained to her that he had copied my story, we even showed her both copies, and she refused to change the grades, and said how did she know if I didn't copy his? Well, I just told her, the next time you want a report from me you can give me an F, because I'm not ever doing one again.
And, she says...but you're a B student. And, I just told her, thanks for making me feel like an E student. Not doing it. I never turned in another report at that school again. I dropped out the following year. Funny how all the jocks received such good grades, even though half of them were just big and stupid.
But, not to be down on all Jocks, we did have a few that were very smart. But, they were all transplants from places like Boston and Los Angeles...not born and raised locals. Idiots.
Have experienced the same when I was finishing college. My story was turned into a production without asking my permission. I find it out when I was watching the production with my friends at a television outside the production room. Same title. Same lines used. Same plot but with a little twist. I felt bad. Really. Worst was, the one who used it was my editor (in our pub).
He got a good grade without thanking me. Or at least giving credit to my work. Ouch!
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