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STOP Stealing My Words - I'm tired of having my hubs copied

Updated on June 1, 2012

Every time I log in I'm afraid that I will spot that tiny red "c" against another one of my hubs. It is just so irritating to find that you do your research, get the right keywords, and finish a great hub, only to have it copied verbatim by some idiot hiding behind a weird screen name on another website.

Come on people! Stop stealing my words!

Just because its not a physical possession does not mean that my hubs do not belong to me! I have sweat over them and poured my heart and soul into some of the topics that I have researched and written about. You have no right to waltz in and pick up my top hubs and copy them on your website.

No right at all! Its still called stealing!

I may not be quite as active on hubpages these days but that does not mean that I don't love the site and the opportunity that it gives me. I hate the thought that one day they might say you have too much copied content and it would be nice to un-publish those hubs.I seriously hope it doesn't come to that.

I am fed up of being copied! Just don't know how to stop it!

It is rather unfortunate that thanks to the distance and anonymity that the internet affords I may never be actually able to confront anyone who stole my words in the real world. I promise at times I get angry enough to want to slap them. And all my friends will attest to the fact that I am not a violent person.

Steps to deal with plagiarists

There is no end to what plagiarists will steal. It is up to the writer to protect the words written. So how do you go about doing this?

1. Look out for the copied symbol near your hubs. If a hub shows up as copied, search out the website that had the copied content.

2. Contact the website owner about the copied content and ask that it be either taken down, or correctly attribute the real writer (that is, acknowledge that you are the real author of the piece.)

3. Give a definite deadline date by when you expect this to be done, don't say one week, say by 8th June 2012. And check back to see if the website owner has complied with your wishes.

4. If there is no response from the website owner, contact the hosting site. Most blogspot blogs with copied content get taken down quite fast. You can also contact the wordpress or other blog hosting services and have the blog shut down.

5. In case the website is hosted by a private company which does not respond, get after the advertisers on the website. They are copying your content to make money through Google Adsense? Contact the customer support and tell them about the copied content.

6. Usually by now the copied content is either taken down, or the advertisers penalize the blog and no money is made off the copied content. So you have achieved your aim.

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    • cashmere profile image
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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      It will happen, you need to know what to do when that does! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Too bad your work gets copied. I have not had that problem (yet)

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I'll check it out for my other blogs...Am sure if the hubbers pitched for it they will.

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Copysentry. I signed up when I had fewer than ten hubs. Now that I've got more I'm wondering what to use. I sure wish HP rolled out that C to everyone...

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      All the best with that! By the way which service was this?

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Just found out through a paid service that I've had my first hub stolen, by a cruise co. no less! I'm furious but out of town & will take action as soon as I get back, with your hub as reference!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I guess the new accounts were subject to the loss of that piece of code on the website.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I didn't know about the copied feature either - it really is upsetting to find your work copied, useful information thank you.

    • cashmere profile image
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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I think everyone who has been with hubpages for more than 2 years has the feature, maybe the coding for new accounts changed?

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      This is wonderful, Cashmere. I didn't know about the copied hubs feature. I've been looking for a way to keep track. So far I don't have many hubs, and I can check manually if necessary. But as the numbers increase, it becomes much more difficult to do. I'm going to see what I can do to get that feature. It worries me that Cardisa says not everyone has access to it...

    • cashmere profile image
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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I thought the copied feature was common to all accounts on hubpages???

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      If the site shows up on Google any at all I just go straight for the DMCA with Google, I am so tired of this happening. I don't have the strength to fight these people, I just let Google do it for me...lol

      BTW, not all hubbers have the copied hubs feature.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      It took me a while to come up with the action plan. At first I used to get upset and want to whack someone, but soon I realized that's not gonna help. So I had to go after the root cause they were copying my hubs - Monetary Gain! If the content is unable to earn them anything, I'm satisfied.

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      Miss Kate000 5 years ago

      Well said. I write most of my articles over on InfoBarrel and there have been a few sites that have been stealing articles from there. Its just plain sad! That they can't come up with their own stuff so have to steal others.

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      VeeLands 5 years ago

      You cannot shame a thief or persuade one to stop stealing. Warn that you will take action, describe the action, follow through. Good advice.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      wow..i didn't even know there was a 'c' for copied..Great information and advice! some people have no shame whatsoever!

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      LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Thanks for providing what to do in case it happens to you info. Very informative and definitely useful! Voted up!

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      Mercia Collins 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      great information! voted interesting and useful. It is great to know what to do in these circumstances rather than just sitting fuming.

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      cruelkindness 5 years ago from an angle view.

      I am glad I read this hub! Great info for me to start acting on.

      Awesome!