Are articles published in "hubs" considered copyrightable? Do original works ever get stolen?
I am concerned that my material could be plagarized.
The rights to your work are yours, and if someone copies your work and posts it as their own somewhere you can report them. If someone steals your work and gets reported they may have their account (on HubPages or elsewhere, as well as with Google) closed.
Original work gets stolen all the time. Catching someone who has stolen your work can be tricky; although some types of Hubs/articles are more likely to be stolen than others.
Sometimes HubPages (or any writing) will catch it when someone posts your article online because you'll see, "duplicate content" (which may nor may not mean someone else posted the same material, but which can also mean you have it somewhere else online under your own or a different name). Sometimes you can find your material somewhere else online if you put the first couple (or so)_ of lines in quotes and search Google for that.
With online stuff there's always the chance someone will copy it. They can also copy it, run it through an "article spinning" program and post it with words slightly altered. They can also steal your work, post it under one name, get caught, and then just open an account somewhere in another name and start stealing again.
It's a problem. Writing sites try to do what they can. Writers are pretty much responsible for finding a lot of their own stolen material. People keep trying to find new ways to prevent stealing, but other people keep figuring new ways to steal it. Material that ranks high on Google pages is at higher risk, so if you write something like, "My horrible childhood" it's not as likely to be stolen (or earn money for you either).
I don't put any writing I care a whole lot about online (but it's still aggravating to discover someone has stolen your work). If you have Hubs that earn you anything you may notice your earnings or the Hub's score drops drastically. That's because it's no longer unique online.
I'd suggest you learn what type of Hubs are most likely to be copied and develop a system for checking online (particularly if you notice a major drop in score or earnings); but also that you not post anything that, stolen, would be really important to you. The stuff with traffic/earnings isn't good; but it isn't the end of the world if someone steals it.
The way I see it, there are things to gained/ learned from online writing; so you have to weigh the benefits against the whole potential theft thing.
If you're putting it on the internet chances are it will get stolen by somebody. So if you want to use it for say a book you want to get published, don't put it on the internet. If you don't care post it up and hope people will be nice enough not to take it. If you're worried you can always put the copyright symbol down at the bottom with your name. Sometimes that will deter people.
by Kristin Kaldahl 2 years ago
I just found that one of my Hubs was stolen in June 2014 and published in a magazine. I wouldn't have found out about it except that they have now put their magazine on-line. It was stolen by a slick looking magazine in Australia, and I am from the US. I told them if it wasn't...
by Peg Cole 8 months ago
Can anyone help me find the host address for this site which has used my original poem, article, personal photographs and YouTube video without my permission? I got a notice from HubPages indicating that "Someone may have stolen my content."I checked Whois and the site was not listed. I...
by Linda Liebrand 6 years ago
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by rebekahELLE 6 years ago
I am not happy. I was checking to see if it was indexed and I found this guy's copied article while I can't even find mine! It is my latest article published Dec. 26. I wrote the author and sent a message to the site. I will file a DMCA.These thieves are here among us. It's so...
by Tony 3 years ago
Wondering where some of my traffic has buggered off to so I have searched some of my main keywords only to find that direct copies of my hubs now outrank the original hubs by being published on of all places LinkedIn...It seems that a copy on LinkedIn will outrank our original articles very...
by Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago
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