What do you do when you have found a blogger who has stolen your material along with a BUNCH of...
other Hubbers? I have written several Hubbers to let them know, but there seems to be a lot of articles that have been copied WORD for WORD...
I agree with justom--why not point the finger if you know who it is and hopefully, with the announcement other people can be on the watch. Also, isn't there a check/balance here that you can 'flag' that person to the staff or report him/her in some way?
It's a shame that someone is on a writing website who doesn't have enough confidence in their own talent that they are stooping to plaigerism.
Take action, I have lots of hubs copied anywhere but not here on HP, I will seek first the webmaster or the information in the blog site about the owner of the site, after one week of them not responding, I file a DMCA. There are many thieves everywhere...GRRRRRRRR
If someone is violating your copyright you have a couple of options. These apply when someone has copied the entire post.
1. Send them an email using information from their about page. Sometimes people find a post that they like ad don't understand that they can't copy/paste it. If it's a "real person" blog, this often does the trick, and you've kept the matter private and not embarrassed them.
2. Leave a polite comment indicating that you are the owner and originator of the post and ask that it be removed.
Allow a reasonable time for a response to the above options. If you don't hear anything further, you can go on to. . .
3. Send them a DMCA violation notice. You can find forms and instructions.
If the entire post hasn't been copied, only a few lines, it's not a DMCA violation. You may have had you RSS feed imported to a splog site. They are annoying and try to make money off the the feeds that they import, but since they are only excerpts and they provide links back, I'm not aware of any effective way to deal with them if option #1 and #2 above don't work.
Also, take it as a complement. Your articles may be so good that people are copying it because they cannot write anything better.
There are a few paid services, that will get your content removed within a week of you paying them, or your money back.http://www.copyrightbusters.com/
Is one. This is cheap, if you are talking about content that brings in a lot of money for you or your company.
The next thing that you can do, is report it to the Google-http://www.google.com/dmca.html
If it persists, you can also contact an attorney and take legal action.
Reporting these to the search engines, will have their site banned from the search engines, and will remove any negative impact on your own content.
The best way to PREVENT this from happening, is to use a good tool, such as Copyscape -http://copyscape.com/ to check your articles every so often, to search all the internet's cached pages, for duplicate content.
I am thinking if they are swiping your hubs word for word, they are just on here to have an account and try and make money. They don't care what you wrote, if it's got alot of hits, then it might make them money. Sad, because we take the time to actually write something and are proud of it when it is posted.
You should contact them directly and ask them to not only stop using your content but to remove the stolen content from their website. If that does not work and you want to take it further send them a cease and desist letter.
if you can prove that some one has copied from other hubber, take action. First contact this person, be sure he/she is stealing someone else´s hus before doing anything.
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