How to DMCA a thief who stole a hub that is currently unpublished?

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  1. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I've got an 2 year old article that had ads removed because of content, and which I unpublished last month. I've found a new home for it, but first I thought I'd check and see if it had been plagiarised, and sure enough it has.

    How do I file a DMCA then, as on the form Google specifically asks, "where can we see this article"?

    I tried to hit republish, and get a message that it'll have to be looked at by a moderators first, and of course they may well say no, even though this is a 1,500 well-researched article.

    So I back-tracked and left it unpublished, as re-publishing will only put it back in the system where I don't want it to be.

    It's on if anyone has had any dealings with them. I tried to use the 'contact us' button but the page is just hanging and not opening.

  2. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

    The DMCA legally speaking does not require the work to be online.  I would suggest either finding a cached version (wayback machine) or just typing 'not online'.

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I just checked and the hub is still indexed, but there is no cache version?
      Anyway, thanks for that, I have gone ahead and filed the complaint saying that the article is currently unpublished to see what happens.

      1. WriteAngled profile image80
        WriteAngledposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Try looking for it on the Wayback Machine?

        This would also give you proof of how far back your hub dates.

        1. IzzyM profile image88
          IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Many thanks I have never used it, always just the Gogle search. Anyway, here is what I got -

          Wayback Machine doesn't have that page archived.
          Want to search for all archived pages under ?"

          Let's hope Google can find it.

          Edit: got it. Under the old format - etc

          I've already filed the complaint, so now I know where to look for it if anyone says anything, thanks smile

  3. Richieb799 profile image78
    Richieb799posted 6 years ago

    I just checked and the site isn't even loading, just a blank page

  4. WriteAngled profile image80
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    I also got into the contact page on the articledashboard

    The contact email is:

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Cheers, hun smile I'll keep that handy in case things go wrong with the DMCA.

  5. 2uesday profile image82
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    Worried about suggesting something foolish here but want to help.

    Is it any good taking a screen shot and saving it of the unpublished hub with the (so showing above the hub the date it was first published) it also shows word count and URL.

    Not sure if it is a good idea or useful in this case.

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      2uesday, if it hadn't been in the wayback machine that would have been all I could have done. Google got in touch to say without them seeing the hub in question they could take no further action so I have now sent them the web cache url

  6. WriteAngled profile image80
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    You can also send the DMCA to the offending site. They do say in their T&C that anyone posting articles has to state the material is theirs. The site has been going for a number of years, so you may well get a satisfactory response from them.


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