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Remove Stolen Content from Blogger or Blogspot

Updated on October 24, 2014

Find complete instructions for a DMCA Takedown Notice for stolen content on Blogger or Blogspot. It only takes two minutes to follow these simple takedown steps.

Blogger Stealing Online Content
Blogger Stealing Online Content | Source

If you publish online, sooner or later you will probably be the victim of content theft. Stolen content sometimes ends up on the Blogger or Blogspot domains or servers, primarily because almost anyone can start publishing there for free and without editorial supervision.

Violating the copyright of others, however, is against the Terms of Service of both the Blogger and Blogspot domains. Both websites are owned by Google Inc. and both will respond to your DMCA Takedown Notice to remove stolen content if you file a proper notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of U.S. law. Google even provides an online form for this. The same form is also used for all Blogspot URLs with country-specific domain extensions, such as Blogspot.in for India, Blogspot.co.uk for the U.K., Blogspot.ca for Canada, and etc.

If you've never completed the Google DMCA Takedown Notice form before, it can look a little daunting. But, it's absolutely imperative that you fill this out correctly, or your notice will not be valid and plagiarized copies of your content will remain online.

So, here's what to do. Use this DMCA online form (clicking on the link will open the form in a separate window) and follow the step-by-step instructions below.


Step One

DMCA Takedown Notice Form for Blogger and Blogspot
DMCA Takedown Notice Form for Blogger and Blogspot

When you land on the form, scroll down below the video, and click on the + beside the last option, 'Submit a Legal Request.'


Step Two

Blogger Logo
Blogger Logo

When the drop-down page appears, click on the Blogger.com logo. (You also choose this for content on Blogspot.com or its other domains, such as Blogspot.co.il for blogs hosted on servers in Israel like Google's Webmaster Central blog.)

Step 3

DMCA Form Page One
DMCA Form Page One

At the top of the next page on the form, Google explains that a copy of your DMCA Takedown Notice may be sent to ChillingEffects.org. This is a non-profit organization set up by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and partially funded by Google Inc. It acts as a clearing house to track DMCA Notices and online copyright infringement.

Google puts this warning on the online form to notify you that your name and website URL will appear online, but not your phone number, address or email address. (Despite the fact that submitting your phone number and mailing address is a requirement for giving legal notice under the DMCA law, Google does not require that you submit those and provides no place for them on its form.) Here is an example of a DMCA Notice to Blogger.com on ChillingEffects.org.

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The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know

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There is also a warning to you of the ramifications of fraudulently filing a DMCA Complaint. It's interesting to note that the notice states that Google Inc. may notify the plagiarist so that he "can make a counter notification." The provisions of the law require hosting services to give a copy of the DMCA Notice to the alleged infringer; however, bloggers have reported that they have never received a copy of the notice filed against their blogs.

Google is a multi-billion dollar corporation which can afford a well-staffed legal department. By not providing a place on its reporting form for your physical address and phone number, the form does not technically qualify as legal notice under the DMCA law. That means that Google isn't required to give a copy to the blogger in question. For you, this means that Google will act upon your request and that the blogger will probably not object. You can snail-mail or fax a formal DMCA Complaint, but the online form is much better for your purposes and will get the content removed faster. In practice, Google treats the online form as formal notice and reserves its options and obligations under a technicality.

On this page of the form, click inside the circle on the last choice, 'I have a legal issue that is not mentioned above.'

Choice for Violation of Copyright
Choice for Violation of Copyright

On the next page of the form, you will note that the product field has already been populated with 'Blogger/Blogspot.'

Here, click inside the circle on the first choice, 'I have found content that may violate my copyright.'


Step 5

Owner of Copyright Declaration
Owner of Copyright Declaration

On the DMCA Complaint to Blogger or Blogspot, you may only file if you are the owner of the content, or represent the owner as an attorney, corporate officer or partner in a partnership. Unless you have power-of-attorney to represent someone else, you cannot file about another person's stolen content.

Here, click inside the circle for the first choice, 'Yes.'


Step 6

Plagiarism of Images, Videos or Other
Plagiarism of Images, Videos or Other

If the blogger has stolen only your images or videos, click inside the first circle. If the stolen content is text or is text and images/videos, choose 'Other.'


Step 7

Populated Fields on Blogger/Blogspot DMCA Complaint
Populated Fields on Blogger/Blogspot DMCA Complaint

Note that all of the fields are populated with your answers. If a mistake has been made, click on the editing pencil to change an answer.

Then, click on 'this form' to move on.


Step 8

Complaintant's Information
Complaintant's Information

You must complete everything marked with an asterisk on this form.

Your Contact Information

You want to be very careful about what you enter on this page, because a copy of this will go to the person who stole your content. If your name is John Doe, you may not want the thief to know your actual legal name. When completing this form, you may use initials for part of your name, i.e., J. Doe. If someone plagiarized this webpage, I would file using the name 'Writer Fox', and that would work, too.

Putting a company name is optional, but you may use the domain name of a website which you own if your content was stolen from that website.

Unless you are filing for an entity which you represent, leave the box for a legal agent blank.

For the contact email address, you may want to use a throw-away email from one of the free sites. You must use a working email address because, if the confirmation email bounces, your DMCA Takedown Notice for Blogger or Blogspot will not be processed. Also, keep monitoring the email account you post here to check for further notices regarding your DMCA Complaint until the plagiarized content has been removed from the blog.

Use the pull-down menu to find and select your country of residence.


Step 9

Form for Entering URL and Description of Copyrighted Work
Form for Entering URL and Description of Copyrighted Work

Your Copyrighted Work

In this section, you need to identify where your work was published before it was stolen. If your content is still online on the original URL, put that URL in the first box. If your content has been moved or is no longer online, try to locate the earliest copy of your work by searching with the original URL on this website: Archive.org/web. Enter the old URL address of your webpage in the 'Browse History' search box on the Archive.org site. If there is an archive on that site for the URL, find the earliest date, copy the URL of the Archive.org page and use that URL on the DMCA form as your 'authorized example.'

If your content was never online but appeared only in a print publication, enter the name of the publication.

In the second box, describe your content. For example:

My 600 word article titled 'Cats are Cool', including 4 images of my cats.

Keep your description very brief and explain exactly what was plagiarized. (This is not the place to write an essay or to express your anger about the content theft.)


Step 10

Form for Entering Work Infringing Your Copyright
Form for Entering Work Infringing Your Copyright

Infringing Material

In the first box, insert the URL of the actual blog post where your content appears. The actual post will display a month and year date in the URL.

By clicking on the 'Add Additional', a new text box will appear where you may enter another URL on the same Blogger/Blogspot subdomain.

If your content also appears on the homepage of the blog, click on 'Add additional' and another box will appear where you can add the homepage blog URL.

If your images were stolen, right click on an image to get the image URL on the plagiarist's blog and post that URL by using the 'Add additional' option. You may post as many URLs for the same blog where your single webpage's copyrighted content has been used without your permission.


Step 11

Required Sworn Statements on DMCA Form
Required Sworn Statements on DMCA Form

Sworn Statements

There are two boxes to check in this section. You must check both of these by clicking inside the boxes, or your DMCA Notice to Blogger.com or Blogspot.com will not be sent.

These statements contain the required wording under the DMCA law and must be on the notice.


Step 12

Required Signature Box on Blogger/Blogspot Form
Required Signature Box on Blogger/Blogspot Form

Signature

In this section, the date will be entered automatically on the form, based upon the time zone in your country of residence.

Enter your name in the signature box, exactly as you entered your name on the form under Step 8. If your name under this section does not match your name in Step 8, the DMCA form will not be submitted because the algorithm will detect that you are not the same person whose content was stolen.

Then, click on the 'Submit' button.

Warning That the DMCA Notice Was Not Sent
Warning That the DMCA Notice Was Not Sent

If this warning appears, it means that you left a required field blank. Scroll up on the form and you will find the missing field labelled in red. Just fill in the information, scroll back down and click the 'Submit' button again.

Blogger Logos
Blogger Logos

Check your inbox for the email address you used on the form. If all went well, there will be an auto-response from Google saying that your request was received. Be sure to open the email.

Then the waiting begins. Sometimes you will receive an email a few days later asking for more information. This can happen when only a portion of an article was copied and Google wants to know exactly where the plagiarized content appears on the page. Promptly answer the email and reply only to the specific request.

Usually you will receive a confirmation within seven to ten days that the content has been removed from the blog. In truth, most other companies respond much sooner. If you have received no response after seven days, file another request using the online form.

What To Do If a DMCA Counter Notification Is Filed

Under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the accused copyright violator can respond to a DMCA Takedown Notice by filing a Counter Notification. The requirements of a Counter Notification are specified in Section 512 (g)(3) of the act. It is extremely rare for someone to file under this provision for a post on Blogger or BlogSpot for these reasons:

1) The Counter claimant must provide his name, physical address and telephone number;

2) He must agree that false statements made in a Counter Claim fall under the penalty of perjury, which is a criminal offense under U.S. law, and subject to fines and imprisonment;

3) He must agree to receive legal service;

4) If the person lives in the U.S., he must agree to legal jurisdiction in the Federal U.S. District Court for his address;

5) If the person lives outside of the U.S., he must agree to legal jurisdiction in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California;

6) He must agree that he is aware that abuse of the Counter Claim provision will result in a permanent ban of his blogging account and accounts for other Google services and products.

You will be notified in an email from Google Inc. if the plagiarist does file a Counter Claim. You will then have ten days to file an injunction or your content will be re-published on the plagiarist's blog. You may hire an attorney to do this for you, or you can do it yourself by following the simple instructions in the book by a retired California Superior Court Judge featured to the right.

It is well worth your effort to file the lawsuit because, under U.S. copyright law, you do not have to prove monetary damage in your suit. Statutory damages for violation of copyright are awarded between $30,000 and $100,000 per incident. It is interesting to note that Getty Images often receives $100,000 for the unauthorized use of a single photo posted on a webpage.

Promptly removing stolen copies of your work online is important for ranking your articles on search engine results pages. It is part of the SEO process.

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    • Writer Fox profile image
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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Deborah: I use this article as a quick reference, too. I have to file many of this with Blogger and Blogspot every month.

      Hi Bobbi: Thanks so much!

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Writer Fox,

      Thanks for all your help in since I joined almost 4 years ago. What would we do without you? I do not want to find out.

      Have a wonderful week.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Deborah Demander 2 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thank you for this very informative article. I plan to save this for future reference.

      Namaste.

    • Writer Fox profile image
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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Viking305: Plagiarism is a huge problem for people who post original content on HubPages. Unfortunately, because there is so much content on HP about every possible subject, it attracts content thieves. I get tired of filing those DMCA notices, too. But, I have to because you can eventually lose ownership of your own work if you let it be posted all over the Web. Thanks for sharing and voting!

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      L M Reid 2 years ago from Ireland

      Thank You Writer Fox for this very useful information. I do have a lot of stolen articles unfortunately from my hubpages account. I have filed 7 requests already and will continue later with the rest.

      Shared and voted up

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Peggy,

      To identify the host of a website, go to this site: whoishostingthis.com. Then, type in the site you want to know about like this: hubpages.com. When you find the name of the host, search on Google to find the hosting company's website and its contact information.

      You will rarely need the IP address, but if you do you can find it here by entering the domain name: www.hcidata.info/host2ip.htm

      Thanks so much for your votes and Pins!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is very useful information and sadly I have had to use it many times. I have many hubs that have been stolen and HP does not yet have a way of identifying the thieves so they stay published. Wish I knew better how to locate the correct IP addresses so that they could also be removed.

      If you know how to do that, a hub on that topic would be well utilized I am sure! Up and useful votes, pinning to my Do You Know This? board and sharing with others on HP. Thanks!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Mary,

      Try going back to the archive site and entering the old URL of the page where your poem was published before. If it is in that archive, you can find it that way.

      Otherwise, without being able to verify that you are the author, there isn't much you can do.

      In the future, ask the Wayback Machine to archive all of your online work as soon as you publish a new webpage.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      You were kind enough to give me the link to find archived posts. I know the poem was on HP in 2012, but I was unable to find it. I'm not as computer savvy as I should be.

      I must say the person who copied my poem did a nice job with it. She selected a great photo to use after each verse. She states in her blog she "found" this poem on the internet and liked it.

      I was very fond of this poem and would like to have it back!

      Thanks.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I'm sorry you're having problems with this, Mary. Did you include a link where your content is legitimately posted online (even an archived copy)? Without that, removal under the DMCA is doubtful.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I have followed the proper procedure as you have described here to have a poem removed from Blogger. I have submitted two DMCA complaints, and the poem is still there.

      Guess I'll complain for the third time!

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Theresa (Faith Reaper), I agree that content theft is on the rise. People especially target this site because there is so much content on every imaginable topic. Thanks for tweeting and pinning!

      Hi Margaret, Thanks for letting me know that the screenshots were helpful. Of course, I could submit that form in my sleep (and have!), but for first-timers, Google's instructions aren't exactly user friendly. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi My_Girl_ Sara Cynthia Lyerly, It is easy if you just follow the instructions above. Let me know if you have any problems.

      Hi Iris, I would also suggest that you use the free tool on Copyscape.com because it looks at all the content on your article. Thanks for the vote!

      Hi Peg, I appreciate your feedback about the illustrations. Sometimes it's just so much easier to understand from a graphic. (Can you image trying to explain how to tie your shoes with just words?) Thanks for commenting.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Mary (Tillsontitan), Thank you for the votes, ratings and shares. The number of DMCA notices I file every week is overwhelming. I have a paid assistant in the Philippines to keep up with everything. And, I've won three lawsuits against particularly egregious offenders. I keep hoping for the day when this won't be necessary. Google Inc. is in a position to do something about it across the Web because it has the index and certainly has the money. I would be the first to sign up if they offered such a service.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      @ Catherine - I know you are an accomplished writer in print publications. Finding a mainstream audience on the Internet is quite different, though. I suggest you read my SEO Tutorial for the basics:

      http://writerfox.hubpages.com/hub/SEO-Tutorial-Gui...

      If your content here has never been plagiarized, you are fortunate indeed!

      Thank you for your comment.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you for this extremely helpful article, Writer Fox! The screen shots are a great reference that will make it much easier to fill in the form correctly. Much appreciated!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Writer Fox, for this informative and useful hub here which, unfortunately, all may have a use for as theft of our content is on the rise it seems. The step-by-step method you have illustrated here with the screenshots makes it a lot easier for my to follow.

      Up ++ tweeting and pinning

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is a great step by step method for filing a DMCA takedown notice with illustrations that really explain the choices we need to make when filing the form. Thank you. I've filed these before and your instructions really answer the questions we need to know to accomplish the task.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Great info. I always put a snippet from my articles into Google Alerts so that I'll be notified if someone uses my work. So far, no problems. I'm bookmarking this article though because it seems like it's only a matter of time before I will have to file one of these. Thank you for a thorough article. Voted up.

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      Cynthia Lyerly 2 years ago from Georgia

      This looks pretty easy so I will give it a try. Thank you!!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      You've done a great service here Writer Fox. It does happen eveuntually, to almost everyone on HP and it isn't just Blogger or Blogspot. Quality writing makes it soooo tempting.

      Your step by step directions are easy to follow. I will say the DMCA is very prompt in getting back to you and most pages will remove the content once you've proved its yours.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thanks Writer fox. I don't know if I am glad not be copied or sad. Even the thieves don't want my work. Most of my hubs still only have about 10% non-HP sources. I have been told that my topics are saturated. Everything I write about has been written about 1000 times before. I do believe that I put my own unique style to the topic, but a search engine doesn't know that. I'm hoping my hubs will become more popular with time. Thanks for your help. The copyscape is so easy to use, I can test all lf my hubs on a regular basis. yes I saw the highlighted copy and nothing I saw was more than coincidence. Actually, some of the sites Copyscape found may have been ones I used for research, so if anything, I was the copier.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Catherine,

      Yes it's normal for Copyscape to pick up 5% of content which is the same, especially on HP because there are standard words on every page. Also, Amazon product descriptions are the same on multiple sites. So, just ignore those results. If you click on the result, the duplication will be highlighted (at least that's true with the paid version which I use). Of course you can also pull a few sentences from your article, put the excerpt in quotation marks, and search from Google. That does, however, take much longer and you have to search text from several parts of an article.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I just used copyscape. The program asks me to inset my url. I did for about 10 hubs. Sometimes it found stuff with 5% similarity. I figured that is natural because two people writing on the same subject are bound to use some of the same phrases. Other than that nothing. It is fast and easy to check (assuming I am doing it right) so I'll check everything tomorrow.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Four months and it is already a problem. Google hasn't even found me yet, and now I have to worry about thieves. One more thing to do. I'm 2 hub short of 50. I want to get to that magic number, then I'll take time off from writing and do as you suggest. I did not know about the software. Horrible thought: maybe low views from search engines are not because google hasn't found me yet, but because my hubs are being stolen. OK, I'll take a look now. Thank you for all the help you provide.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi VioletteRose,

      The stats for copyright infringement here can take a long time to update, so don't worry about that. In fact, don't rely on that, either. I have never had that warning about stolen content here, so I presume that the warning is not an accurate indication of all copies of your work which might appear online. It's always better to check yourself, at least once a week. Thanks for the compliments and for taking the time to post a comment.

      Hi Catherine,

      Your comment worries me because you have been here for four months. I encourage you to check for stolen work. You can use the free service at copyscape.com or sign up for their paid service. From my experience, please don't rely on HP to inform you. Thanks for sharing and if you find stolen copies of your articles and need help, you can post your questions here.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Heidithorne,

      Thank you for sharing this. I appreciate that.

      iguidenetwork,

      Thank you for your comment and vote.

      goodnews11,

      I'm glad this was useful for you and other bloggers.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Richard1988,

      Unfortunately, if you are writing on HubPages your content will probably be stolen frequently. The income is passive but I file DMCA Notices on my content here every week. It's time consuming, but if you don't keep up with it you can lose your rankings on Google.

      Wednesday-Elf,

      Thank you and I know the information will be useful if you have your content stolen and posted on Blogger or Blogspot.

      Ologsinquito,

      I like that photo, too, because it visualizes what a plagiarist is doing. What you see in the forum about stolen content is just the tip of the iceberg because most writers here never even check for copyright violations. It is one of the main reasons for falling traffic.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank you so much. I keep reading about content theft and hoping I will never have to deal with DMCA because I wouldn't even know where to start. I am bookmarking this for future reference. Your instructions are so clear and detailed. H+ and voted up and useful.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      This is very useful. I had one hub that was copied to a site hosted by google and I had submitted the DMCA notice just as you mentioned. After 4 to 5 weeks, I have confirmed that the copied content is removed. Now I am just waiting for the status of my hub to change, which is still flagged in HP. The screenshots are really very helpful to those who need to do this, and the way you have explained this is very simple and easy to understand.

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      OSBERT JOEL C 2 years ago from CHENNAI

      It is a very useful hub especially for bloggers.

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      iguidenetwork 2 years ago from Austin, TX

      Thank you! Will bookmark this for future reference. Hopefully my articles won't be stolen, but I might need to do this one day. Voted up and useful.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Wow! Great discussion of this all too real topic for legit content creators. Voted up and sharing!

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I really like the photo you used. This hub should help a lot of people, as this is a frequent topic in the forums.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Very helpful step-by-step directions. I'm bookmarking this page for future reference should I ever need to use it.

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      Richard 2 years ago from Hampshire - England

      Thankfully this has not happened to me yet but none the less I can see that this is very well put together and informative. Should I need this I know where to come back to. Great job.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Rachel: It's definitely depressing to find your content has been plagiarized and published on another website. Fortunately, we can easily get it taken down if it's hosted by Google.

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      Rachael Tate 2 years ago from England

      A depressingly common forum topic and a very detailed and helpful hub.