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KathleenDuffy
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on 06/08/2013

Just thought I would warn you about    http://www.furthervisit.com/?p=1296

They have taken my article on Russian Culture and used it  in full, with my photograph,  without acknowledgement or permission.  I have asked them to remove it, but have forgotten how to ask Google to get it taken down.

Anyone know how to do this?

Thanks, Kathleen.


Kathleen
lobobrandon
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on 06/08/2013

Search for this "how-to-file-a-dmca-complaint" on google and check the third or fourth result. 


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KathleenDuffy
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on 06/08/2013

 

lobobrandon: 06/08/2013 - 06:38 AM

Search for this "how-to-file-a-dmca-complaint" on google and check the third or fourth result. 


Thanks very much!  Will do that now.  :)


Kathleen
dustytoes
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on 06/08/2013

 

KathleenDuffy: 06/08/2013 - 05:36 AM

Just thought I would warn you about    http://www.furthervisit.com/?p=1296

They have taken my article on Russian Culture and used it  in full, with my photograph,  without acknowledgement or permission.  I have asked them to remove it, but have forgotten how to ask Google to get it taken down.

Anyone know how to do this?

Thanks, Kathleen.

Good luck Kathleen.  That is pretty horrible.


KathleenDuffy
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on 06/08/2013

Thanks Dustytoes - Am on the case !


Kathleen
WordChazer
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on 06/08/2013

Just been through it with one of mine which is going up here in a few days. I won the DMCA against the site which had taken my whole article on the day it was published elsewhere and used it without my permission.

The more evidence you can give, the better. My DMCA was sent into Google because the host was untraceable and the website was a complete spammers' playground. It took 6 weeks or so to sort it but I heard I'd won after my second email to Google.

Hope you get this sorted. Let me know if you need any help or advice, be happy to help.


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KathleenDuffy
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on 06/08/2013

 

WordChazer: 06/08/2013 - 01:23 PM

Just been through it with one of mine which is going up here in a few days. I won the DMCA against the site which had taken my whole article on the day it was published elsewhere and used it without my permission.

The more evidence you can give, the better. My DMCA was sent into Google because the host was untraceable and the website was a complete spammers' playground. It took 6 weeks or so to sort it but I heard I'd won after my second email to Google.

Hope you get this sorted. Let me know if you need any help or advice, be happy to help.

Thanks for your support WordChazer! I have sent them an e-mail first....  on Monday I will then try and get Google to remove it.  I don't want to get too stressed though because this is the internet and these things happen!  xx

PS:  I've found a few articles of mine that have been subtly 'scrambled' - disheartening isn't it...


Kathleen
JeanBakula
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on 06/08/2013

It's happening all over hubpages.com too. I found pieces I wrote in early 2011, and one whole article was taken in its entirety, with the pictures and invitation to come to my blog! And apparently it was stolen only a month after I wrote it. So the person was taking credit for my blog as well. I had 3 incidents. If you can find out who it is, sometimes trying to email them and just asking them to take it down helps. It worked for me, and it's worth a try before you file a bunch of paperwork. Good luck with it.

KathleenDuffy
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on 06/08/2013

 

JeanBakula: 06/08/2013 - 03:11 PM

It's happening all over hubpages.com too. I found pieces I wrote in early 2011, and one whole article was taken in its entirety, with the pictures and invitation to come to my blog! And apparently it was stolen only a month after I wrote it. So the person was taking credit for my blog as well. I had 3 incidents. If you can find out who it is, sometimes trying to email them and just asking them to take it down helps. It worked for me, and it's worth a try before you file a bunch of paperwork. Good luck with it.


thanks Jean - I was sorry to hear this has happened to you.

I have just sent an email to a conservation site in the States asking them to remove their article which has huge chunks of my wildlife in winter article on their site.  This article was first written for Suite and then I moved it over here and put it up today.  I have heard back from the manager who says he is going to look into it and get back to me. He seemed quite concerned and genuinely surprised.   I have therefore sent him another e-mail with the paragraphs in their article and the ones corresponding in mine.  I also looked on their website for the person who had claimed to have written the article and she is a professional person, so it is quite disheaertening to see this lazy behaviour going on. 

Something struck me though.  All my articles are gone from Suite.  I have put this wildlife one up on Wizzley today.  But how can I be sure they won't accuse me of using their article....?  I now have no way to prove that the article was originally on Suite.

I don't mind them using part of any article, say the first para - and then linking back to Wizzley.

I agree Jean - don't want to go down the paperwork path - it's such a thankless and time consuming task. I think this guy will take the article down - he seemed genuine.

 

 

 

 

 


Kathleen
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on 06/08/2013

 


PS:  I've found a few articles of mine that have been subtly 'scrambled' - disheartening isn't it...

It's an absolute disgrace, IMHO. Plagiarism is THEFT of intellectual property, and in some EU countries, that brings you a prison sentence (Germany had some issues with their doctorate-awarded politicians, if I recall).

Unfortunately, in some areas of Asia, copying a product is seen as admiration of the craft of the work, whatever it is. Too bad they don't feel able to pay us first, eh?

There are two of my articles I simply cannot rewrite because they have been so knobbled. Spun more than a load of washing and then plastered over the web to dry. An article on mobile phone contracts (which was the first I ever wrote for Suite in 2010, so what, it's out of date anyways) and one on minimum ages of alcohol purchasing/consumption in various countries, which was 'borrowed' for a Yahoo Answer. Rather proud of that, actually.

But the most recent one was a review I wrote in June last year, which was scraped that very day and was up on a site which name suggested it was something to do with cleaning supplies in the Panhandle. The other articles there (not mine) seemed to be randomly scraped blogs and work about prevention of pain, travelling in Burma, somebody who got married and a few other random pieces. As I pointed out very succinctly to Google, what a cleaning products site based in the US has to do with my article (on a museum of mining and extractive industries in the UK) or any of these other topics, I really fail to see.

I was fortunately able to convince them. Thanks to a couple of hours' diligent searching on different search engines and throwing that into the mix, they agreed with me that it was my work and that the site was a spammers' heaven and so far as I know, have delisted the entire site. It did help that the site had already had Adsense withdrawn, mind, so it was a bunch of text and nothing more. Plus the last update was November last year...

I found that including screenshots in my emails helped, as I was able to show what I was seeing when I clicked links.

Good luck with yours. I've not checked any of mine lately... *oops*.

 

PS: Kathleen, check other search engines. My article from June last was held in a link to my old Suite profile by Yahoo. Bing also listed other links to it that Google had deranked. I almost kissed the screen when I read the Yahoo cache!


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KathleenDuffy
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on 06/08/2013

PS: Kathleen, check other search engines. My article from June last was held in a link to my old Suite profile by Yahoo. Bing also listed other links to it that Google had deranked. I almost kissed the screen when I read the Yahoo cache!

 

Thanks for that tip - I'll definitely give it a go.

Blimey - I can imagine someone going to prison for copying Hamlet or Thirty Shades of Grey - but How to Help Garden Wildlife Survive the Winter ??  Nah - I'm not that good! LOL  :)                      


Kathleen
sheilamarie
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on 06/08/2013

It's really too bad you have had to waste your precious time tracking down people who are so ruthless in stealing your articles! I'm sorry to hear it!

How, though, did you find them? I have occasionally googled one of my keywords and found excepts from one of my articles as if it appeared on another site and then when I click on that site I get something totally different with no excerpt to be found. I don't get what that's all about. How did you happen to find your article?


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KathleenDuffy
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on 06/08/2013

 

sheilamarie: 06/08/2013 - 05:25 PM

It's really too bad you have had to waste your precious time tracking down people who are so ruthless in stealing your articles! I'm sorry to hear it!

How, though, did you find them? I have occasionally googled one of my keywords and found excepts from one of my articles as if it appeared on another site and then when I click on that site I get something totally different with no excerpt to be found. I don't get what that's all about. How did you happen to find your article?


Hi sheilamarie - I just typed in a paragraph from the article  into Google's  search engine and it came up with a couple of articles - I wasn't expecting it. I was actually expecting to see my old Suite article... 

You can use special plagiarism websites which tell you if your content has been copied or not.  Some are free. You just copy your article into it and it comes back with the website where your article has been copied- or not as the case may be..   I can't remember the name of the one I used to use though...

 

 


Kathleen
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Hi sheilamarie - I just typed in a paragraph from the article  into Google's  search engine and it came up with a couple of articles - I wasn't expecting it. I was actually expecting to see my old Suite article... 

You can use special plagiarism websites which tell you if your content has been copied or not.  Some are free. You just copy your article into it and it comes back with the website where your article has been copied- or not as the case may be..   I can't remember the name of the one I used to use though...

 

I use Copyscape. 5 cents a check. I think up to 2,000 words a check, if I recall. You have to buy a minimum amount, especially if paying with PayPal, but that 200 checks lasts a while even if, as I do, you use them to check the work you are editing and providing is not plagiarised.


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KathleenDuffy
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on 06/09/2013

 

WordChazer: 06/08/2013 - 05:48 PM


Hi sheilamarie - I just typed in a paragraph from the article  into Google's  search engine and it came up with a couple of articles - I wasn't expecting it. I was actually expecting to see my old Suite article... 

You can use special plagiarism websites which tell you if your content has been copied or not.  Some are free. You just copy your article into it and it comes back with the website where your article has been copied- or not as the case may be..   I can't remember the name of the one I used to use though...

 

I use Copyscape. 5 cents a check. I think up to 2,000 words a check, if I recall. You have to buy a minimum amount, especially if paying with PayPal, but that 200 checks lasts a while even if, as I do, you use them to check the work you are editing and providing is not plagiarised.

Thanks for that really useful info! :)


Kathleen
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