Copying Site... Beware

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  1. amberld profile image88
    amberldposted 7 years ago

    very ballsy of "Sara Sweeny" to steal my Nutella cinnamon roll breakfast ring article. is there anything we can do about this plagiarism?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You can't stop it happening but you can fight back.

      As Susana S said

      "you can send a DMCA to google search if the site does not use adsense, but you do need a webmaster tools account to do so. The copied articles are removed from the search index very quickly in my experience."

  2. Rosemay50 profile image73
    Rosemay50posted 7 years ago

    I haven't yet found any of mine
    But here is another who is copying
    http://education.bigezine.com/hubpages- … 41614.html

  3. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 7 years ago

    Just found one of mine! the B'''''rds! the stupid thing about it is that not only has it copied my whole hub, it has my photo at the top!


    His name is daniel dye, great name! and very appropriate at this point!

    1. Cardisa profile image91
      Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Nell the names are fake!

  4. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    They have a YouTube video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJbpTsqS … tube_gdata

    Messages are showing up there smile

    1. stephhicks68 profile image90
      stephhicks68posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Everyone should comment on the video and vote it down!

      1. Sally's Trove profile image78
        Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Right you are. I saw that you did and UW did, and some others, among them me. smile

      2. Peggy W profile image95
        Peggy Wposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I was going to do that and it has been removed.

    2. Sally's Trove profile image78
      Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Super find, UW. Off to make a comment there on youtube.

    3. Evylyn Rose profile image66
      Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Along with adding a comment, be sure to flag the video. There's an option to mark it as "scam/fraud." This will get their video removed and possibly banned from YouTube.

      1. Sally's Trove profile image78
        Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Where is that scam/fraud option? I'm not seeing it.

        1. stephhicks68 profile image90
          stephhicks68posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Scroll down to Spam and then select scam/fraud.  I would prefer to flag as violates my rights...

          1. Sally's Trove profile image78
            Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            TY, Steph. Got it.

            1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
              Marcy Goodfleischposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              You  can also flag it as copyright infringement. That's what I did.

          2. Evylyn Rose profile image66
            Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I was going to pick that option too, but the video itself (which is all YouTube can do anything about) does not violate any rights. It's the site violating rights and engaging in illegal activity; the video, though, is a scam to drag people to the worthless site.

      2. Millionaire Tips profile image90
        Millionaire Tipsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        This video has been removed by the user.

        1. lobobrandon profile image89
          lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Glad to know.

          1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
            Uninvited Writerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Not necessarily, now there is nowhere to post telling unsuspecting people about them smile

            1. lobobrandon profile image89
              lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I guess you don't know that these people are not actual writers!! They're just bots and I even doubt the existence of one true writer out there! And if I was planning on joining a new writing site or ezine type of stuff - the last place I'd look was Youtube as I'm certainly not looking forward to learn how to use it right?

            2. Sally's Trove profile image78
              Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              There's a press release for bigezine on prsync. That would be a place to comment. smile

              prsync.com/big-ezine/get-an-expert-opinion-online-at-bigezinecom-431106/

              1. Evylyn Rose profile image66
                Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Thanks for the link. I took some time to look through "bigezine" search results in google to find databases and press release sites that allow commenting. If anyone has an Alexa account, that's also a good place to leave a review. Keep in mind, however, Alexa does moderate reviews before they appear, so keep it professional!

              2. Sally's Trove profile image78
                Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Just to let you know that all comments have been removed from that press release, and also, on fb, anyone who made a comment on that site is showing up in my fb feed, and when I click on any of their names, the click takes me right to the press release, NOT TO THE FB PERSON. How weird is that?

            3. Marisa Wright profile image95
              Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I'd have thought you'd know better by now, UW.   

              Mentioning them is OK, but creating hyperlinks to them is just playing into their hands, it's one thing you should never, ever do when dealing with a site like this. 

              Unless you were using a different computer when you did the search, your search results are not what others see.

              1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
                Uninvited Writerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                I didn't think giving a post to a YouTube video was giving them backlinks, a link which is now dead...

                1. Marisa Wright profile image95
                  Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  While the video was live, it was giving them a backlink to a backlink, which is useful in terms of Google rank.  Glad to see it's gone now though.

              2. Sally's Trove profile image78
                Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Marisa, the post Astra Nomik was responding to was made more than 24 hours ago. That youtube vid is long gone and Astra's comment is much after the fact.

                UW definitely does know better, better than a lot of us. Also, do you not recognize tongue in cheek when you hear/read it?

                1. Marisa Wright profile image95
                  Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  I'm not going to trawl back through the threads to see whether I misread her comment, but if I did, I'm sorry. 

                  I'm just getting so frustrated by all these newbies who are off writing Hubs and Facebook pages and God knows what else, giving this guy free backlinks all over the place, instead of just submitting their complaints the right way.  I know they're newbies so they don't know any better, but I just wish they'd read through this thread and learn the right way to do things before they go off half-cocked.

                  So it was probably a knee-jerk reaction.

                  1. Sally's Trove profile image78
                    Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    I get frustrated too. It's hard to sit on frustration, but the outcome is usually better when I do.

        2. Evylyn Rose profile image66
          Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Awesome. smile Wonder why he thought YouTube would be a good place to advertise when it's such an easy way to expose him. XD

    4. Astra Nomik profile image67
      Astra Nomikposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      The video has been removed by "that user"....

  5. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 7 years ago

    One thing I just had a thought of, was how do we know that this is not done deliberately so we all complain to the 'contact' at the top? Maybe its a big scam to get our email addresses. Make sure if you write a comment on the article or on the contact use an email address that isn't attached to your paypal or google money account! that's what I just did. I have two email addresses and only use one of them for any affiliates.

    1. Sally's Trove profile image78
      Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You make a good point, Nell. But there should be no contact whatsoever with this site. All complaints should be in the form of a DMCA filing sent to the site's host. What I mean is, don't waste your time addressing this site...go straight for the jugglar, meaning their ISP.

      1. Nell Rose profile image91
        Nell Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Sally, I have filled in a DMCA it was just a thought as I imagine some people will be getting so mad they may just write to the site. did you notice that every single so called writer didn't have a photo on their profile? that's what makes me think its a scam to get our email addresses, but maybe thats me being paranoid!

        1. lobobrandon profile image89
          lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Its not you being paranoid. I guess those aren't even people. Since that site is posting all new hubs or whatever they choose on random author profiles means that they are all just aliases of the few people owning that site.

        2. Sally's Trove profile image78
          Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Nell, I'm not an expert about these things, but I think the goal of the site's owner was to put massive content out there for a quick site set-up, for the purpose of monetizing it. However, I think your concern is worth thinking about. Why not scrape email addies along with content? All the more reason to not engage with this idiot and his idiot site.

          1. Nell Rose profile image91
            Nell Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            hi Sally yes I think everybody should make sure not to write in their email, there are so many scams out there, hopefully with the amount of Google DMCA's being written it should get taken down soon.

  6. lobobrandon profile image89
    lobobrandonposted 7 years ago

    I voted them down! It's just 5 votes down now

  7. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 7 years ago

    I also submitted an abuse form to their email system (they get mail through a commercial forwarding and filtering site). I have a junk email account that I used for that submission.

    1. Nell Rose profile image91
      Nell Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, I just noticed another forum post stating that the google DMCA form was refused because this thieving site doesn't have any ads!! so I went back to it to take a look and I couldn't see any adverts there! so what they up too I wonder? take a look, its still on the forum front page, Help DMCA

      1. Marisa Wright profile image95
        Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Nell, just a tip - if you're going to post on a forum, it pays to read some of the past posts!

        You're right, the site does not have Adsense. I suspect they realized they'd have a problem when Hubbers started emailing them, and have taken the ads off to avoid trouble. 

        You can use Webmaster Tools instead, and also complain to their host, as explained in previous posts.

        1. Nell Rose profile image91
          Nell Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Sorry Marisa, must have missed that, I will take a look.

  8. LVidoni5 profile image79
    LVidoni5posted 7 years ago

    Just found one of my hubs on the same site. These guys need to be shut down! The whole site is full of plagiarized material.

  9. EclecticFusion profile image77
    EclecticFusionposted 7 years ago

    Just happened to me with one I just posted yesterday! I have no idea about dealing with things like this, so I'm off to do some reading! I'm kind of numb at the moment!

  10. Kalmiya profile image83
    Kalmiyaposted 7 years ago

    Wow, I can't believe this!  I've just found three of my last hubs on their pages.  Sons of xasdkjhf! I'm emailing all four softlayers emails provided here and doing the complaint form, and staying tuned in for new developments.

  11. Alastar Packer profile image77
    Alastar Packerposted 7 years ago

    They had ads on at least some of them a month ago. Is it possible they were taken off temp. when the Big slEaze saw the storm coming?

  12. sjwigglywoo profile image69
    sjwigglywooposted 7 years ago

    Just found my hubs on there too! I'll have to try and do as you say tomorrow it's now 3am n way passed my bed time. I'm new to all this so will be a long day!

  13. LVidoni5 profile image79
    LVidoni5posted 7 years ago

    Most of the material on that site is stolen. The top Spotlighted writers all steal there material from Hubpages users. Copy and Paste Copy and Paste. Almost every article I read on there can be tracked back to a hubber who wrote it.

  14. Kalmiya profile image83
    Kalmiyaposted 7 years ago

    I just found this on the internet

    http://www.bigezinelist.com/

    I will bet this kind of crap is partly what's responsible for what's going on. This Robert Phillips is selling something called 'How to Build a Big Ezine List' for $50. Poor suckers. Their day will soon be done.

    1. alexadry profile image91
      alexadryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This website has copied even hubs talking about hubpages and happenings mainly related to the hubpages community such as "My 30th Hub and My First Month on HubPages" ,"My Favorite Hubs This Week: March 25" and "Hitting 100 Hubs - Where am I now?" Incredible!

  15. lobobrandon profile image89
    lobobrandonposted 7 years ago

    Just checked out 5 random articles from their home page. All copied!

  16. Anamika S profile image78
    Anamika Sposted 7 years ago

    I found 5 of mine there which were copied on the same day of publication. This is ridiculous!

  17. LVidoni5 profile image79
    LVidoni5posted 7 years ago

    Class action lawsuit against the site?

    Is that even possible, or am I off my rocker and out of my mind?

    1. Evylyn Rose profile image66
      Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Could we do it? Sure. But considering the amount of time, money, and resources that would be spent on it, I don't even want to get started considering that option. I'd rather just see this douche bag site brought down and the guy banned from doing anything like this again. Seeing the right thing done is more important. smile

  18. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 7 years ago

    Maybe a bunch of writers here should write hubs exposing the site (without the URL, so we dint give them backlinks), and then sit back and wait for the site to copy the hubs?

    By the way, it's petty clear the names of the writers are all manufactured. They made up names to make it look like they have real writers.

    Also, the number of errors they make in copying hubs that clearly are from HP (there are references to 30/30 challenges, photos and names of Hubbers, copyright notices and other things) indicates they're copying things through some sort of software troll that finds articles, deletes the Hubber's name and substitutes a fake name, and then loads it onto their site. They'll keep doing it until someone shuts them down.

    Then, they'll probably do it again, with a different URL.

    1. j-u-i-c-e profile image93
      j-u-i-c-eposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You know what would make a really good hub? A hub that tells people how to spot stolen content. You could use a screenshot from bigezine for illustration purposes and show readers all the ways that stolen content is different from real content. Then bigezine could steal the hub and we could all go there and vote it up so it stays on page 1. smile

  19. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 7 years ago

    If they're not in the US, where and how would a lawsuit be filed?

    1. Evylyn Rose profile image66
      Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Ah! I forgot that tiny-weeny-but-oh-so-highly-important detail! XD Even if we could do it, it's just not worth it. More of our time and energy would be wasted away and with nothing much to show for it. Just getting the guy shut down, which needs to be done, takes up more time than many of us have at the moment.

    2. LVidoni5 profile image79
      LVidoni5posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah I was just throwing it out there. I agree though, let's just find a way to shut these losers down!

  20. j-u-i-c-e profile image93
    j-u-i-c-eposted 7 years ago

    Yay! I found two of my articles already. I feel truly honored. I must be a pretty schweet writer, huh? smile

    The same thing happened to one of the forums I hang out at last year: someone set up a doppleganger site, duplicated hundreds of thousands of posts and stole facebook photos from the web to use as avatars. It was a crazy, hilarious mess. None of the photos matched the user names and often changed from post to post. I thought they were trying to make some sort of postmodernist statement about the interchangeability of anonymous Internet users, but it turns out they were just scumbags.

    They also didn't have any ads. The theory was they did a content grab and were just harvesting email addresses and personal info from people signing up 'cause the forum was so super busy and popular.

    Oh, yeah. They got shut down, but it took about a month or so.

  21. tlpoague profile image86
    tlpoagueposted 7 years ago

    I found one of my hubs and another hubber's hub.

    1. LVidoni5 profile image79
      LVidoni5posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Every article I've read on there can be found on hubpages.
      Copy and paste any bigezine article title into the hubpages search, and you'll find the hubber who wrote the original content.

      1. tlpoague profile image86
        tlpoagueposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, I sent the hubber an email with a link to her work that was stoled.

  22. Rosie2010 profile image71
    Rosie2010posted 7 years ago

    Thanks, Mark, for bringing this site to our attention.

    It seems that this site just recently started copying our hubs in March.  As I had only written 4 hubs in March, it was easy for me to find my copied hubs.

    All hubs that were copied, have the same date we published them here on Hubpages.  The site also use the same Hubpages categories, so at least, it's easier to find our hubs that were copied by the BA$TARDS.

    Marisa is right.  The site go to the feed and copy all new articles.  Don't waste your time sending emails to the authors... no such authors... they are all fake names.

    Although there are no ads right now on the site, I filed DMCAs for my copied hubs anyway.  The site might just be waiting for approval from Google.  So, by us filing DMCAs, this site will be brought to Google's attention and reject their application, hopefully.

    Oh well, this is life on the internet. sigh

  23. Becky Katz profile image84
    Becky Katzposted 7 years ago

    I just found one of HubPages educational hubs on this site. I would let them know but can't find an email address to send it to. I also found at least a dozen hubs copied.

  24. Marisa Wright profile image95
    Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago

    What is happening to Hubbers?  Does nobody read a thread before they post any more??

    As Rosie just said, this site is using a feed to automatically copy ALL new Hubs on to their site. So if you published a Hub in March, it's probably there.

    - There is no point emailing the individual authors because they don't exist, they are just randomly assigned.

    - the site is not showing ads so there's no point submitting a DMCA to Google Adsense.

    - if you're using Google Webmaster tools (and you should be), then you should submit a complaint through them, including a link to your original Hub that's been stolen.

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/95704#post2040792

    - please DON'T write Hubs, create Facebook threads or anything else "exposing" this site.  Every time you mention this site, you're creating another backlink, which will push it UP the Google search engine results - even if you're saying something nasty.  So don't mention the site by name, don't link to it - every time you do, you just make it worse.

  25. profile image51
    kellykelly1posted 7 years ago

    The best way to get this site closed is to let the big internet giants know about it. Websites like thenextweb.com, mashable.com etc. I was just about to join Hubpages but I've decided to wait until there is a resolution to this issue. I'd suggest y'all to e-mail all the big internet websites and ask them to post about this issue on their website because Hubpages team is not able to take any action against this. In the meanwhile, I'm trying to get the Technical and Billing Whois information.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      And give them free publicity?  I'm curious how that will help?  Or is there a reason why you're trying to stir up a bit more publicity for the site?

      I already posted the technical and billing information in an earlier post.  Here's the hosting company - we think:

      Mr. Dody Lira - Designated Agent for DMCA Notices
      SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
      4849 Alpha Road
      Dallas, TX 75244
      Telephone No.:             214-442-0600     
      Facsimile No.: 214-442-0601
      E-mail address: copyright@softlayer.com

      1. profile image51
        kellykelly1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Marisa,

        That's the hosting information. I was talking about Whois. Here you go - http://www.justdropped.com/backorderdet … ezine.com.

        1. profile image51
          kellykelly1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          And why would I stir up a bit more publicity for the site? I don't even have to take actions because my lens are not copied. Your hubs are copied. I was just putting up a free suggestion.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image95
            Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            It just seems curious, because you're telling everyone to write to the "internet giants" telling them about the site, presumably so they can publish a warning to their readers - which will give the site a free backlink, which is the last thing we want!

        2. Marisa Wright profile image95
          Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this
    2. IzzyM profile image87
      IzzyMposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm with Marisa on this. This is the most stupid advice I have seen yet on how to deal with the issue and hope no-one is daft enough to follow through.

      As Marisa says, any publicity for those folks is GOOD.

      Being mentioned by the big sites would fire them all the way to #1 in search, leapfrogging over all the original hubs.

      Use your webmasters tools to DMCA them. Google will remove them from their search results, so all that work their bots have been doing will be for nothing.

  26. profile image51
    kellykelly1posted 7 years ago

    I've been able to find the Whois details of the website owner. Here you go - http://www.justdropped.com/backorderdet … gezine.com

  27. profile image51
    kellykelly1posted 7 years ago

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  28. Eiddwen profile image78
    Eiddwenposted 7 years ago

    I was told yesterday morning that poems of mine were in this site and the writer Sarina Ackermann claimed them to be her own work.One included heartfelt comments connected to my late daughter Erin and the whole poem was posted on word for word.
    I then published another hub to let all know about it.

    the response is unbelievable ;I cannot imagine how these people thought they were going to get away with it.
    If they did they must be pretty stupid as well as all else which I will not print on here.

    1. TheInspiredLife profile image77
      TheInspiredLifeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You should take the link to their site out of your hub! You are just creating a backlink and doing their site a favor.

      1. lobobrandon profile image89
        lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I already left a comment on her blog telling her to do so smile

        1. TheInspiredLife profile image77
          TheInspiredLifeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Okay, good! I don't know why anyone continues to publish hubs at this point. Aren't they all more than likely being copied the moment published?

          1. lobobrandon profile image89
            lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Yes they are and that's why I'm not publishing any. I got one completed but am not gonna be publishing it till that site is down! Instead am busy with my personal April challenge of modifying and making my existing hubs better. Traffic already up 25% of my normal

            1. Cardisa profile image91
              Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I am publishing my hub on how to file the DMCA complaint today but nothing more. I think that is important as I have been getting request to write a hub about it.

              1. lobobrandon profile image89
                lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Ya, that would be awesome and would help many people. But, I'm still not going to be publishing that hub anyway smile Will wait to complete the whole series and then let them go. Which will be only next month as this month I'm into getting more traffic - seems to be working well.

                I deleted quite a few hubs about HP which got initial traffic one in the thousands and then for a month just 2 views. My total views from 9.9k went down to 7k and now its finally back up so looking forward to that accolade by this weekend smile

        2. Eiddwen profile image78
          Eiddwenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Just to let you know lobobrandon that I took all my links off everywhere that I had posted them on.
          I didn't realise that I was making matters worse rather than better ;let's hope there's a porper ending to this matter.
          I have published another hub to day for reasons of my own and this will be the last one for a while.

          1. lobobrandon profile image89
            lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Ya, I just commented to let you know smile Everyone learns something each day right? None of us are born perfect! Glad that you took them off though smile None of my hubs have been copied as I've not published any (luckily) since that site came up (or began copying hubs). Any particular reason as to why you won't be writing for a while? Hope its not because of this scam

  29. sjwigglywoo profile image69
    sjwigglywooposted 7 years ago

    The youtube thing has been removed by the owner now

    1. Rosie2010 profile image71
      Rosie2010posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      good to know, sj.  I also left a nasty comment on their youtube video.  One baby step at a time.  thanks for sharing

  30. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    I just did a Google search for bigezine and the hub saying they are plagiarists is above the site itself smile Actually, bigezine dot com is not even on page one of Google.

  31. UnnamedHarald profile image96
    UnnamedHaraldposted 7 years ago

    Maybe I'm missing something, but is there a way to search on that site? How did any of you discover your stolen work? Thanks.

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good question, I couldn't find any copied hubs of mine either. I just checked my last three most recent hubs and the top traffic gathers by copying and pasting within quotes a random part of the hub in google search - No results other than my own hubs so that proved none of those were copied. I wonder what others did? Copyscape or something else

      1. tlpoague profile image86
        tlpoagueposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        My mother and sister called me when they found their work posted to the site. What my sister did was start typing in titles of her work on their web page. Mine came up when I typed in the words "how to cope". I was furious to see that my hub that popped up was a personal one on how to deal with your child leaving home. None of my Bigfoot hubs have shown up there as of yet. I am still searching and filing complaints.

        1. tlpoague profile image86
          tlpoagueposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Just an added note, I couldn't find my hubs when I searched google. They came up under the website itself. I also found other hubbers hubs and emailed them with the link to let them know. So be sure to check your emails!

          1. ThePracticalMommy profile image93
            ThePracticalMommyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            That's how it was for me as well. I took a few sentences from my hubs and put them in the Google search, but only my hubs showed up. I could only find my hubs on the site itself (I posted this yesterday too).

            I'm really ticked about it all because I lost almost all of my views from Google lately and I thought it was something I did. Turns out hubs were copied and I couldn't figure that out until this forum post.....I'm sure it's the same for a few of us, if not most of us.

      2. homesteadbound profile image85
        homesteadboundposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lobobrandon - I found 10 of my last 30 were copied. I located most by typing in the title in the search bar.

        I also notifed  over 100 hubbers of their work being duplicated but soon found the duplications were going in faster than I could keep up.

        1. lobobrandon profile image89
          lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          When did you complete your 30 in 30 challenge? The exact date any idea? I wanted to know the date your first one was copied actually as that could be the day they began coping all published hubs

          1. homesteadbound profile image85
            homesteadboundposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            lobobrandon - I started the challenge on 3/1.  The earliest hub that was copied of mine was 3/14. In my journeys through their site I noted hubs as early as 3/6. Hope this helps. I found this 3/6 by clicking on the last page of some of their categories.

            1. lobobrandon profile image89
              lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Oh that's a long time! Yup I just wanted to know when they began. Thanks smile

              1. Cardisa profile image91
                Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Nope! the earliest I found was way back in January.

  32. Eiddwen profile image78
    Eiddwenposted 7 years ago

    Just to let everyone know that I have deleted all the links that I can from my post on here and from my hub also .
    The hub was meant to alert others of what was going on and I didn't realise that I was making things even easier for him by adding the links. There we are we learn from out mistakes I suppose; I have published another hub to day and this may be my last for a long time to come.I am adding to that hub now how it is important that we don't include any links at all at times like this because I know that many others have made the same mistake as me in thinking thy are also helping matters.
    One result however is that my poem has now been taken off the site.
    Let's hope this site comes to an end sooner rather than later.
    Thanks.

  33. Keri Summers profile image82
    Keri Summersposted 7 years ago

    I've emailed Big Ezine - not sure how much good that will do having read this - but I copied it into abuse@softlayer.com too.  I had three Hubs taken and republished under different names - all on copyright issues actually!  The Hub on Copyright theft http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/how- … -complaint had some useful wording and advice on what to include which I incorporated.  Not completely clear on how much DMCA counts having read this, but as far as I can tell we are still alerting the right people at this stage by letting softlayer know of problems?  Hugs/sympathies to everyone who feels upset by this.  I was really annoyed, but at least mine were just hard work, rather than personal.  Although I could start to take it personally if it doesn't get sorted!

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Be it hard work or personal hubs - they're yours!

  34. leahlefler profile image97
    leahleflerposted 7 years ago

    I just filed a DMCA for one of mine - thanks to Victoria Lynn who emailed me to let me know that one of my hubs had been stolen. I'm still a bit out of things with Nolan's recent surgery, so I had completely missed this new round of theft.

    Off to look for more stolen hubs (grrrr)...

  35. profile image0
    jenuboukaposted 7 years ago

    In researching Google I found this:

    In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 2 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org.

    I just typed in the site's address and on page one it has it's categories listed, then at the bottom of the page that message appeared.

    FOR THOSE WHO ARE PUBLISHING HUBS ABOUT THE SITE:

    STOP USING THE URL ADDRESS FOR IT. THAT GOES FOR LEAVING COMMENTS AS WELL.

    It is starting to index the site on Google, to it's advantage.

  36. profile image0
    jenuboukaposted 7 years ago

    If you need a format for filing a complaint here is a stock letter form http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stock-letters/

    that should be emailed to

    copyright@softlayer.com, as softlayer.com appears to be their hosing co.

    As many hubbers know, emailing the site in question is a far fetched solution to have them remove the content; however sending email threats can work against you, the owner of the site can report you for abuse and harassment.

    There is a form on the site above that should be used when notifying the site of violating copyright laws. It is a good idea to email the site using the formal letter, then emailing the hosting company with the proper wording, attach the letter sent to the actual site as well.  This is a form of documentation to which they will use in your defense, also include that the site has not contacted you in regards of you email.

  37. TheInspiredLife profile image77
    TheInspiredLifeposted 7 years ago

    You have to click into one of the categories on their site to find the search field. There is no search field on the front page. Click into a category, and then type part of your title into the top search field. Mine pulled up at the very top if they were there. If you have changed a title, try looking under the original title. They may not show in Google, but may still be on that site.

    1. Keri Summers profile image82
      Keri Summersposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      There is also a search box on their "About" page.

    2. homesteadbound profile image85
      homesteadboundposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Using this technique is how I found all of mine.

  38. Sally's Trove profile image78
    Sally's Troveposted 7 years ago

    Just to let you know I got robbed, too: my candy corsage hub published on March 25. So far, it's the only one I've found, but I'm not done looking.

    1. homesteadbound profile image85
      homesteadboundposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Sally - I found 10 of mine.

  39. EclecticFusion profile image77
    EclecticFusionposted 7 years ago

    Please go here: http://gd-analytics.com/www.bigezine.com Click on the "links in" number which should say 45. That will take you to a site hosted by Avery. Sign up at Avery and write a review of this bogus site! I did. When I posted mine, there were no others. I used my name here. Might not make a difference, but it could. Just a thought! Note: don't share your review using the Facebook or Twitter buttons on the review page because that will just get them more visitors.

    1. Evylyn Rose profile image66
      Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not seeing "links in" at the URL. Is it the right page or am I just blind?

    2. Sally's Trove profile image78
      Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's exactly what happened on the PR site, even though I had disabled the fb share when I made my comment. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." TY, Shakespeare. It's now rotten in a whole lot of other places.

  40. Becky Katz profile image84
    Becky Katzposted 7 years ago

    File with Google. They will close it down.

  41. EclecticFusion profile image77
    EclecticFusionposted 7 years ago

    It's under the "Website Analysis" grid. It says "Site Info" and has the crappy website address to the left under the grid and "links in" is to the right. The number should be in blue.

    1. Evylyn Rose profile image66
      Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      All I saw was a broken image box, so I had no idea it was a link. It goes to Alexa, though, not Avery.

  42. EclecticFusion profile image77
    EclecticFusionposted 7 years ago

    I just noticed I put that you can leave a review at Avery. That's not right. It's actually Alexa. An easier way to leave a review is go to Alexa.com and search for this bogus site. Sorry for the confusion! I have to do things the difficult way before I find the easy way!

    1. Evylyn Rose profile image66
      Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It's no problem. Now knowing that, though, we were both suggesting Alexa at the same time. XD

  43. profile image0
    susanm23bposted 7 years ago

    This is so upsetting!  I checked my article with the highest hub score and it's there!  Now I guess I need to check all my articles as well.  This is very time consuming--and I only have 23 articles.  Fellow hubbers with many more articles will be checking for a very long time!

    That sight has such a creepy look to it--all of those shadowy face shapes sad  And NO comments!  I doubt that any of those "authors"/thieves are real people.

    How do they make money with no ads?  What is the point of its existance?

    1. Cardisa profile image91
      Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I found quite a few shady names there. I think what they do is make up the names as they go along. It was creepy seeing my friend's name there but it's a very common name so I am not too alarmed.

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
        Uninvited Writerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        There are programs that allow you to publish blog posts under anonymous names.

        1. Cardisa profile image91
          Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          That could be it UW, that site needs to come down now.

  44. Sharyn's Slant profile image93
    Sharyn's Slantposted 7 years ago

    I am SO confused.  This is the link of the form I used.  Not sure if this is correct? 

    https://support.google.com/adsense/bin/ … t&rd=1

    *****

    Within several hours, I received this reply back from Google:

    We have received your DMCA complaint dated 4/4/12. While reviewing your
    letter, we noticed that the site in question,
    http://lifestyle.bigezine.com/mom-s-fam … 0173.html,
    is not currently displaying Google ads. Please note that AdSense is unable
    to take action on your request since the site in question does not contain
    Google ads.

    Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

    Regards,

    The Google Team

    *****

    Was that the right form?  What should be done next?  Thanks for your help in advance!

    1. Jason Menayan profile image60
      Jason Menayanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Take a look at the last paragraph in this Learning Center entry:
      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/how- … -complaint

      Click on that link and choose "Web Search" radio button.

      Note that if your copied Hub is not appearing in Google search results, then you can't use that form, but you also have nothing to worry about.

      1. Sharyn's Slant profile image93
        Sharyn's Slantposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thank YOU Jason!

    2. Cardisa profile image91
      Cardisaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Sharyn, you probably chose the wrong button. As Jason said you need to choose the "web search" button instead. Choosing adsense are for those people making an adsense claim.

      1. Sharyn's Slant profile image93
        Sharyn's Slantposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Cardisa!

    3. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You don't report them through Adsense but Google. I think someone posted the correct link above.

      1. Sharyn's Slant profile image93
        Sharyn's Slantposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Got it, thanks ALL!

      2. TheInspiredLife profile image77
        TheInspiredLifeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Look back...there is a link to a report you can file through Google Webmaster Tools. That is where I filed mine.

        1. DeborahNeyens profile image95
          DeborahNeyensposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I think this is the correct link:  https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice

          I filed two reports today but haven't heard back from Google yet.  There is a status page that says they are still pending.

  45. Sally's Trove profile image78
    Sally's Troveposted 7 years ago

    As some of you know, this bgzn thief published a press release on prsync dot com, to which several hubbers commented. All of the comments have been removed, while the original press release remains. So, I wrote this to prsync:

    Do you know that the press release published here

    prsync.com/big-ezine/get-an-expert-opinion-online-at-bigezinecom-431106/?fb_comment_id=fbc_10151454541275371_31322391_10151457942670371#f1c826ddd8

    is from a site that is stealing copyrighted property on a grand scale?

    Many copyright holders left comments on that press release stating just what I said now, and all the comments have been removed, I'm assuming by bigezine.

    Your business claims to review PRs before they can be published on your site. This offending PR was fairly well written, but the site is pirating original works on a huge scale and DMCA notices are being filed at not only bigezine but also to its hosting service and to Google via webmaster tools.

    I'm requesting that you remove this PR from your site.

    Best regards,
    Sherri


    I believe we caused bgzn's youtube video to be removed by our comments. However, comments won't work on the published prsync press release, but try using their contact form, as I did. On the other hand, I have to wonder if the owner of prsync and bgzn aren't one and the same.

    1. Evylyn Rose profile image66
      Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I doubt that they are. There are several press release websites that have a PR for bgzn. Although I'm sure the guy may own other sites, I doubt he owns all the PR sites. I've written to a couple other PR sites I ran into that did not have an option to leave comments.

      1. Sally's Trove profile image78
        Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Good, that's the action needed. Do you want to share those other PR sites so more people can contact them?

        1. Evylyn Rose profile image66
          Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Unfortunately, I didn't mark them all. Here are two of them:

          http://www.pressbox.co.uk/detailed/Comp … 65432.html
          Pressbox has an email address listed toward the bottom of the page to request the removal of release.

          http://www.exactrelease.com/get-an-expe … 42644.html
          For this one, use the "Contact Us" option at the upper right corner of the page.

          1. TheInspiredLife profile image77
            TheInspiredLifeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            There is a phone number at the end of that first press release...anyone want to call it and see who answers? I thought about it, but don't know what I would say and don't want to make it worse, and don't want them to have my phone number with caller ID. I will leave that open to those more experienced with this.

            I have sent a message to the first one to the remove email, and will look at the second one next.

            1. Evylyn Rose profile image66
              Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I briefly considered doing it too, but decided it was better not to. We already know that calling them will be as ineffective as writing them so it serves no real purpose. Better to avoid more negativity and wasting more time than we have to to get them shut down. smile

    2. Peggy W profile image95
      Peggy Wposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I tried their contact form, wrote my email complaint, clicked send only to have them immediately respond that they are accepting no more emails at this time. 

      I did go ahead and file a DMCA complaint to Google.

  46. profile image0
    susanm23bposted 7 years ago

    I just looked at my post and realized I substituted "sight" for "site".  I'm usually really careful about that--I'm really upset.

    1. Sally's Trove profile image78
      Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Being upset makes us do things we wouldn't normally do. smile That happens to me, too!

  47. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 7 years ago

    I just googled 'the site' in question, and I had to smile, if you look underneath the main name of the site, there is hub after hub trashing the site, so even if you didn't know it was a bad site, the world does now! go take a look! just google it though, not any links or names from here.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      No, the world doesn't - because you'd have to be Googling the name of the site to find those Hubs, and most people won't be looking for the site.

      Each of those Hubs is giving the site free publicity.

      How many times do I have to say it -

      DON'T GIVE THIS GUY FREE BACKLINKS AND FREE PUBLICITY!  YOU'RE PLAYING INTO HIS HANDS!

      Report your stolen Hubs through Google Webmaster tools and the hosting company.  That will work.

  48. TheMagician profile image94
    TheMagicianposted 7 years ago

    This sucks.
    I'm itching to publish some new hubs but I'm paranoid sad

    Hopefully this will blow over soon.

  49. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 7 years ago

    FYI -  The host company, SoftLayer, just sent me this notice - it does appear they are trying to handle this, but  they need documentation filled out in the required (by law) forms:

    Hello,

    Please review our DMCA procedures which follow the OCILLA. Also note, the sworn statements and all other information listed on our DMCA page are not only required but mandatory for any DMCA report. This will allow you to specifically identify the intellectual property that you own and is being infringed upon, which is required by law.

    There are many verified third party DMCA/COPYRIGHT agencies who act on behalf of the intellectual property holders who can verify and submit these claims on behalf of the intellectual property owners. This will insure that legally, the intellectual property owner and the ISP is protected in the event of an account termination.


    SoftLayer DMCA information http://www.softlayer.com/dmca.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OCILLA see section 2 - 2.1 take-down example

    http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html see section 512 - 3 Elements of notification

    ------------------
    Regards,
    SoftLayer Security
    abuse@softlayer.com
    214.442.0605   direct
    866.398.7638   toll-free
    214.442.0601   fax

    SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
    4849 Alpha Road
    Dallas, TX 75244
    http://www.softlayer.com

    I suggest everyone visit the links above and fill out the DCMA form SoftLayer has.  They mention the 'take down' example in their message above.

    Hope this help!

    1. TheInspiredLife profile image77
      TheInspiredLifeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I got the same message back, because I sent mine originally to the abuse@softlayer.com .... it needs to go to the copyright@softlayer.com instead. I resent mine there, and there is some specific language in that first link that I included at the end of my message..it is in that link, stating the report is accurate and under perjury of law he content belongs to you, something like that.

    2. Evylyn Rose profile image66
      Evylyn Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the info! This will save a lot of time and headaches. smile

  50. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 7 years ago

    Thanks, InspiredLife - I just got home and saw the message - have been away from the Internet.  I will submit the preferred format to them and see what happens.

 
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