How to Fight Plagiarism and Copyright Violations of Web Content

Updated on March 27, 2015
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Christin has been successfully self-employed for over 17 years. Her passion is helping others hone their skills and find good opportunities.

How to fight plagiarism and theft of your online content.
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I have written a great deal of content over the past 12 years and in that time, many things I've written, from web pages to Hubs have been stolen and republished in everything from blogs, to websites and more.

It's disheartening, it can make you angry and upset that people do this, but it also highlights some very important lessons for ALL of us who make a living on the internet.

Do you really know everything there is to know about plagiarism? How about copyright law? Do you know how to protect yourself? Are you guilty of theft without realizing it? If you're new to writing for the web chances are you just might be. Do you know how to protect yourself? Do you understand how copyright works and how to discover if your content has been stolen?

The answer to all these questions is answered here!

Ignorance may be bliss, but it isn't an excuse!

Some people who compile information from the internet are genuinely ignorant of plagiarism and theft. There is a pervasive and misguided belief that if it appears on the internet it must be “free”. While the internet has gifted us with an unfathomable amount of information at our fingertips, it has also given rise to many problems. The sense of entitlement to others intellectual property being the main one. Not all people who “steal” content are aware that what they are doing is a crime or even wrong! It's true.

Another problem that is widespread is purchasing stolen content. Some well-intentioned website owners purchase what they think is original content and publish it in good faith, not knowing they have been sold stolen content from unscrupulous individuals.

There are cases of plagiarism and theft due to ignorance (the vast majority probably) and being victimized by unscrupulous content companies, and then there is malicious theft that occurs with things like content scraping. Content scraping is how the unscrupulous seek to make money without working for it.

Some people are guilty of plagiarism by simply not attributing the work of others properly! It can be a very slippery slope, so lets look a bit at plagiarism and copyright law. Learn how to protect yourself from theft of your work and also from being accused of theft or improper usage when it truly wasn't your intention!

This book has everything you need to know to avoid pitfalls and fully understand "fair use" practices. It is a must have for anyone who produces online content whether it's writing, media, graphics etc. If you are a member of Kindle Unlimited you can check it out for free.

Understanding Plagiarism vs Fair Use

First on the list – know the difference between “fair use” and plagiarism. This is important for all writers to know and understand.

Under fair use laws, it is perfectly legal to take a sample of something and then write your own thoughts on that subject. A great example is book and movie reviews. You can't obviously take large chunks of the original work and publish it, but you can take a small quote and place it in your piece so long as it is properly attributed.

Reprinting an entire chapter of a book is obviously not allowed under fair use. A short paragraph or quote is considered fair use, so long as it is properly attributed and used within your own original work. For example, if you are reviewing a book and talking about your thoughts and feelings and you use a short quote from a character that really moved you, that would be acceptable. Giving away the entire plot line and placing large chunks of the original text in your piece - definitely not acceptable.

Posting a clip of a trailer for a movie by embedding the official trailer from YouTube – good; posting pirated movie clips or the whole movie – bad! (and will probably get you sued!)

Discussing a great album and linking to an MP3 sample on iTunes is good. Discussing an awesome song and offering an illegal MP3 of the entire thing – bad. (and again likely to get you sued).

Talking about Susie's blog post with a short sentence or two and then promoting the post and linking to the original encouraging your readers to view it – good! (with permission, when in doubt ask) Copying and pasting Susie's blog post to your own blog even with the authors name and then commenting throughout is bad. You've taken her work and used it for your own gain at that point.

Most people understand fair use when it comes to things like movies and music, but they don't place as much value on it when it's just “Susie's blog” etc. However, Susie's original content is protected by law just as much as any other original intellectual property. She may not have high power attorneys to sue people, but there are still steps she can take to protect her work and to cause a lot of problems for those who steal her work.

Are you like Susie? Has your content been stolen and you feel helpless and not sure what to do? No worries, I'll show you the all too familiar DMCA complaint process shortly.

What is Proper Attribution - How to Cite Sources Properly

Properly attributed means the original source is mentioned by name in the writing, and a link back to the official website or to purchase the item is given. It is a good rule of thumb to seek permission before doing any of this type of writing to protect yourself.

If you read Susie's really awesome blog post and said something about it in your article, you would name the source by name and give it a working hyperlink at the very least. If you review a book, you would link to the authors website or to the product itself where it can be purchased.

If you are citing studies in a health article, it is advisable to use the name in the article with an asterisk or number and then link to the original study at the bottom of your piece.

Example: According to a study at the *Prestigious Medical Study University etc etc. The name of the source of information is italicized. At the bottom of the piece place an asterisk and then the official name of the study and source so that your hyperlink would read something like the following: XYZ Study, Prestegious Medical Study University, published in soandso journal March 2012 … something to that effect.

There are tools online you can use to properly cite sources! EasyBib is a Free automatic bibliography and citation generator

How Can I Tell if it's Plagiarism?

Most people have a general understanding of plagiarism and what it means, but you may or may not understand the full scope of it. So how can you tell if something is bordering on plagiarism?

  • Using a direct quote or any amount of someone's text without attribution is plagiarism. Most may not think it's a big deal, but it can get you in hot water really fast.

  • Simply rewording someone's piece of writing or “paraphrasing” is theft! It is not your own simply because you reworded or regurgitated what you just read.

  • Theft of original ideas – this gets tricky, because let's face it, if you think of it, chances are someone else has too. It's fine to have the same knowledge and information as others, it is not OK to just repeat what they said or steal their recipe and claim it's yours. For example, a lot of people make soap as I do. I have written many articles on soap making, as have other crafters. It is not plagiarism to write about soap making. When you use your own original thoughts, ideas and experiences you can rest assured you are not plagiarizing. If however I visit Mary's soap website and I just repeat what I've read, even if it's not the same exact wording, it IS still plagiarism. I am not using original ideas or speaking from experience or my own knowledge. This is where a lot of internet copy goes into those grey areas.

  • Not citing official sources can also be considered plagiarism. If you get information from a study for example, you must cite the study appropriately in the body of work or it's technically plagiarism.

Video by Bainbridge College on Plagiarism with Excellent Examples

Protect Your Content!

  • You can check your content for free by taking a few sentences out of the middle of your article or content and doing a Google search with the phrase in quotes. This is very effective, but honestly extremely inefficient.
  • You can also go to CopyScape and place a URL or copy and paste your content to check for plagiarism. This service is free for a set number of searches, after that it is 5 cents per check. This isn't a bad deal for those who have minimal amounts of content, but it is manual and time consuming.
  • You can sign up for protection of your website content on they offer free badges or a premium monthly service that protects your website pages from content, gives you several free "take downs" and also templates to do unlimited manual take downs of stolen content. It also makes your pages "right click proof", preventing people from simple copy and paste theft. There are many quality free and premium features here for protecting your site content.
  • Another great website for checking your content manually is the free plagiarism checker from Small SEO Tools. (Google it) Paste your content into the window and it will check your content line by line for plagiarism. This is also handy if you want to ensure that something you have written will not trip Google's plagiarism sensors! It is a very nice tool, but it is harsh :) it will catch even common phrases and flag them.

Understanding Copyright Law

Did you know? The moment you write something it is protected by an implied copyright. It isn't necessary to file copyright protection on every piece you write.

When you create a larger project, say a full website or a book, then it is a good idea to go ahead and file for copyright as an extra means to protect your investment. Copyrights on file are just added insurance in case you should have to sue in the future to recover damages. Not worthwhile for small articles, definitely worthwhile for full collections!

Ok, so I am already protected what to do if someone stole my stuff?

This is where you have to be proactive and be willing to confront those who steal content, particularly if it's websites that profit from scraping large amounts of content. This is all too common lately and it's a real problem for many hubbers as well as those with blogs and other popular websites.

Some seem to believe that since it's so rampant it's not worth the trouble to even fight back - I say that's an understandable, but not very helpful point of view. In order to solve a problem, it is important to be a proactive part of the solution, not to just expect others to do the work for you.

If you see work stolen verbatim this is likely due to "content scraping". If you find work of yours that is paraphrased, but in the same order and you can definitely tell it is just your work reworded, this is somewhat harder to prove, but it is still theft and should be reported.

How to File a DMCA Complaint

First, you want to do a free "whois" search on the domain where your stolen content is located. Google search "free whois search" and many possibilities will come up. Type the full domain of the offending site in and then information will appear telling you who owns the domain, where they are located and contact information. Often this information is unfortunately bogus, particularly for sites that are knowingly ripping off content.

You can use this information to send a cease and desist formal letter - or go straight to Google and file a complaint through them to get their site unlisted. They have a very painless automated process that allows you to do this by simply filling out a form. You will be asked upfront if the stolen content is on YouTube, Blogger, in search results etc. from there you will answer some basic questions and then fill out the form shown below.

filling out Google's DMCA / Site Removal form
filling out Google's DMCA / Site Removal form

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Google is fairly quick in most instances to take down offending sites, but it's very important to be thorough in filling out their form. This will de-index the site from Google's search engine but will NOT force the offending party to remove your content. For that, you have to contact the official site owners with a DMCA complaint. You can find many templates online for how to write the letters.

Whatever path you choose, don't just let them get away with it. It's important not only for your own writing, but for the writing community of professionals as a whole that we all do our part to stop content theft.

Sample DMCA Letter

Below is a sample cease and desist letter you can send to help get your content removed from websites. If you cannot contact the website owner directly, use the whois search to discover who is hosting their website and contact the webhost.

This sample can be tweaked a bit, but should cover your basic needs.

Subject: Copyright Infringement Notice - Cease and Desist

It has come to my attention that my copyrighted work " Insert title(s) here" has been displayed on your website without permission.

The copyrighted work at issue is the (text, images, whatever the infringing content is) that appears on

The URL where our original copyrighted material is located is

I can be reached via email or phone for further information and clarification of this matter. (put your contact info here)

Next you can include any other information that may be pertinent such as who posted your content to the site their user ID or email for example

"The user ID of the individual who has reprinted my content illegaly is JoeSchmoe"

After all of the information is in place, DO use the following statements.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information shared here is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner.

I have a good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted materials above was not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.


Your Name

Questions & Answers

  • Thank you for your article! Would publishing an article in a magazine rather than on a blog provide more copyright protection for a writer?

    No, your copyright is your copyright and your work is protected when you produce it. That being said, it is easier for content thieves to steal online articles.

© 2013 Christin Sander


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    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks PegCole it is indeed frustrating. I'm glad the hub is helpful to you.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This useful and relevant hub is just what many need at the moment to help take down these copycat sites. It is quite frustrating to see someone has copied our work, often, even including pictures of our loved ones and pets. Thanks for this concise and detailed explanation to help educate others and help prevent theft of our work.

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      4 years ago from Midwest

      No, I filed a DMCA complaint with Google - if she doesn't take it down, it will be taken down for her along with all her other stolen content.

    • P FOR PEONY profile image


      4 years ago

      ChristinS - You're welcome! Yes, sadly, it is. On the blogspot that stole mine, they had the "copyright" notice too. Kind of makes you wonder how people can be so righteous about stealing. I presume by her actions that the content is still on her site/she refuses to remove it?

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks tobusiness it is frustrating indeed, thanks for the comment, votes and shares. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      This is very useful information which we all need to read, and very timely for me personally. At the last count, seven of my articles have been plagiarised by so called "writers" on various sites. It is indeed frustrating, especially when one feels that there is nothing much one can do about it. I've taken a quick look at this and printed a copy which I'll digest later. Thank you for this valuable information. Voting up all the way and sharing.

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Peony :) It is a neverending struggle it seems. I had one just yesterday who I told her to remove my original content with the pictures. She came and commented on my hub she stole accusing me of stealing basically LOL - I have the original pictures from my camera card to prove I took them. sigh. On her blog where she stole my stuff she has a "copyright" notice asking people not to just take her original content and ideas LOL -

    • P FOR PEONY profile image


      4 years ago

      Thanks for this informative article! I've -just- received a notification from Hubpages that 2 blogspot bloggers had lifted my content wholesale, and that was done in 2013 (as I check the post dates)! Yikes. Your hub gave some very helpful information and pointers. Voted up and sharing!

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      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Good Jatinder glad you found it helpful :) have a great day.

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      Jatinder Joshi 

      5 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

      Very useful information in the hub. Thank you for sharing. I have personally learnt something new and useful reading this.

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      5 years ago from UK

      First this is great articl and second You can't believe me. I always check my content before publishing anywhere. I use small seo tools first and second i use copyscape url bar. recently one of my friends publish an article on hubpages and HP send him notice that your hub is duplicate so he tell me and I check his article on small seo tool and you believe it or not but small seo tools said that article was 95% unique. So we sent a reply to HP team in details. and after 24 hours he don't send a single massage. I don't know how HP works and I am also new here so....

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      I think many of the content sites use copyscape and other plagiarism checker software to prevent that from happening. Smaller website owners and blog owners that purchase content for their sites may not have the knowledge or funds to run every single piece of writing through plagiarism checking software. There are a lot of "PLR" (private label rights) type article sites and things of that nature. Also, some website/blog owners who are unscrupulous simply use a software called a "content scraper" to directly pull content and repost it to their own sites as well.

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      Rebecca Mayglothling 

      5 years ago from Binghamton NY

      This is some amazing advice. I especially like the sample letter you included - great idea. I have one question, however - how do you feel about content sites? Do you think they work hard enough to avoid plagiarism? I know that I write for a few and I would be kicked off the sites if I submitted plagiarized materials. However, your article states that businesses are still buying plagiarized work. How can businesses be sure they don't get a plagiarized article? Hmmmmm - now there's an article I'd love to see you pen if you are so inclined!

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      Rob Lattin 

      5 years ago from Born in Chicago, now I'm in Mostly Michigan

      Excellent information! I've gone to the copyright website and read pamphlets and with it all being written by government people, I have found some information conflicting. Spending money for copyright registration on every little thing I write or every little song I record or every little drawing I make will make me go broke. So I've been reluctant to create things for fear of it being stolen. Your information has helped ease my apprehension. I am going to keep this article as a reference so when I get stuck on something, I can get a clear answer. Thanks!!!

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      Andrew Spacey 

      5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Beautiful article. Great detail and information. The fight against plagiarists, copiers, content thieves goes on. I wait for the day when an original article will be guaranteed a safe journey on line!

      Votes. Share.

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      5 years ago from Malaysia

      Congrats on the HOTD award. This is not only useful for all of us on HP, but a compulsory reading if we want to continue writing online. Great job!

    • CZCZCZ profile image


      5 years ago from Oregon

      Excellent advice for anyone creating lots of content online. It takes a lot of effort and time to make awesome unique and original content so protect it, thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      5 years ago from USA

      Congrats on your hub of the day. This has been very helpful. I made sure to bookmark it for the future and share it with others. It is unfortunate that I don't have the time every day to check and see if something of mine has been stolen, so I am grateful for those people here at HP that take the time to contact me if they find my stolen content while looking for theirs. I have only had this happen a few times. Even now I am in a debate with a website wanting to use my image that was taken from my hub and used without contacting me. It is sad that there are people out there like this.

      Great job!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      First of all congrats on the selection of this hub as the pick of the day. You have written a fine hub on a finer topic. It is really useful to all and very informative. This kind of hubs will always be appreciated as it gives the hubbers a lot of most wanted information. Thank you for sharing.

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      False DMCA complaints can get you in a heap of trouble with hefty fines - most people are not going to file a false DMCA complaint - what would be the point of that when it can be proved when the original was written/posted etc.

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      5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      I've seen a small amount of my content on a few sites, some are mostly referral links back to Hubpages. But what is the thief makes a false DMCA claim against the original writer of the content website?

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      5 years ago

      Great job! I have some DMCAs that I need to file right now. I've put it off because I find the task to be so unpleasant. However, you are correct that it is important so I will do it. Definitely bookmarking this for future reference.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Congratulations on the Hub of the Day. Well deserved, Christin!

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      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Congratulations on HOTD! This is a very thorough and insightful article. You have offered many valuable tips. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up)


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      5 years ago

      Thanks for your useful intro to the fair use doctrine.

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      A Little TRUTH 

      5 years ago

      Very well deserved Hub of the Day! And deserving of a bookmark to this excellent resource.

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      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Omgirdle You can learn more about copyright law at it will explain to you fully what implied copyright is and how it works. Ownership is proven by the fact that your content is published before the offending work. For example it is easy to tell when your hub was published, when your file was created etc. That's when your copyright protection kicks in. You can include copyright statements on your work if you wish - I do on my websites for example by having a blanket copyright statement at the bottom of every single webpage. It can act as an added deterrent to people, although most content scrapers (software) just ignore that. It may help stop people from taking your work and just posting it to their blog though things like that. If they see that you care enough to state copyright on your work etc.

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      5 years ago from United States

      Thank you for helping understand the difference between fair use and plagiarism. The information in this hub can be used as guideline as we use resources to build our hubs. I am bookmarking your hub for future reference. I have seen many hub with copyright warnings, I assume, to help prevent copying. Not sure if it works and wasn't sure if I wanted to do the same. However, you stated copyright is already implied. Is there a place on the internet where this is stated?

      I would love to see a part 2 based on this hub to explain: How do you prove ownership or is it more that you have to prove non-ownership? Although the copyright is implied, is it best to include a clause in each hub? If so, what is the legal template for declaring ownership?

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      Nancy Owens 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for writing such an informative hub. Until now it never occurred to me that anyone would want to steal my Hub Pages stuff. I did have a college assignment copied once, though. The person just made a copy from my flash drive and signed their name to it. What they didn't know was that I had turned that assignment in a couple of months prior and the teacher caught it right away. The student was confronted and admitted it. I didn't like it that a person took my hard work and claimed it as their own.

      P.S. Congratulations on having this hub chosen as a Hub of the Day!

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      Billie Kelpin 

      5 years ago

      I wonder if this might be a solution. Hubpages actually is a publishing company, in essence. I think Hubpages should gather all similar "best of" articles by various authors and put them in an ebook, spend money for promotion and divide the profits evenly between the authors of that particular ebook. People are less likely to copy from a download ebook than grab an article from the web for just the reason you stated, "People assume if it's on the internet it's free for anyone's use." Maybe they could get a grant for the ebook conversion since this really is such a hot topic now. Authors on hubpages would be more incentive-ized to be published in an ebook. There could be contests, etc.

      On the other hand, I do think there's a software coding way to prevent the cutting and pasting of an article. You can't cut and paste pdf's (of course that's too cumbersome of a way to have a website. I'll ask my software engineer husband. I might be all wrong about these ideas, but I'm throwing them out there. GREAT WORK, Cristin. It IS wonderful to have all of this in one place. This really could be an ebook in and of itself. It's so easy, but then it would have to be off of hubpages. The exclusivity thing drives me crazy regarding our own limitations here.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      This is very timely information for me, I've recently found one of my poem on someone else's site. Some of the words have been changed, but my name (s), real and tobusiness.hubpages is still linked to the site. The culprit is also claiming to have bought the copyright. I sent a Cease and Desist notice, if only I'd seen your template first; I'm now patiently waiting the reply before contacting Google. Thank you for this very useful article.

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      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks RTalloni - no objection at all if you want to link to your hub - that is much appreciated and thanks for the pin too :)

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      5 years ago from the short journey

      This post is a top place to get a grip on plagiarism and copyright violations. I want to do more reading on the topic, but will first be returning to this for another read when I can give more time to focusing on the important information you've put together here. Linking to my hub on how to plagiarize, if you have no objection, and pinning to my Writing board. Thanks and congrats on your well-deserved Hub of the Day award!

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      Marlin 55 

      5 years ago from USA

      It's a great Hub! Thank you for the info, I bookmarked this one.

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      Govind Deepak Kumar 

      5 years ago from Telangana,INDIA

      excellent work and info, worth of reading !! i am going to follow your guide lines and information :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A lot of very useful info here and appreciate the sharing. Congrats for getting the hub of the day for this work.

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      Christin Sander 

      5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks everyone for the great comments: I am going to address several in my reply to keep clutter minimalized :)

      I am not sure why filing a DMCA with a site owner would make it more difficult to get things de-indexed with Google? Keep in mind Google doesn't remove sites, it only de-indexes them - meaning the offending sites will not show up in the Google search results any longer. DMCA's can take longer depending on the compliance of the site owner and/or their hosting company. If you can't get the site owner to cooperate - go after the webhost.

      The official copyright website to find addresses and whatever else you may need is:

      Yes this process can take time, but don't let that discourage you.

      Yes it is absolutely disgusting when they just move from site to site, but another reason why relentless pursuit is unfortunately necessary.

      Yes, I agree with the flags on the accounts here - they don't work effectively in my experience either. I have had much content stolen, but I've also found it myself and never because it's been flagged. I really wish HP could align itself with copyscape or something - it would be most helpful, but in the end it is up to the copyright holder to file the complaints etc.

      For those who take a sort of "don't really care" attitude about it - while I can understand to a point, I also understand that when we don't pursue violators it simply encourages them to continue their behavior. It's not "flattering" it's theft. Theft of one's ideas should never be seen as flattering - it isn't, they aren't stealing it because they admire your work - they are stealing it for their own gain and it's wrong even if you don't care personally. There are others who are also being stolen from and when we all pursue these thieves it helps all of us believe it or not.

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      5 years ago

      It's wonderful to have this info right here in one place! Great info, great Hub. Great job on Hub of the day!

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      5 years ago from North Carolina

      I wrote the cease and desist notice to the theft before filing with Google when I was plagiarized, which made it much more difficult to get her entire (stolen) blog shut down. I ended up contacting as many people who had been stolen from as possible and encouraging them to turn her in. Her site is still up but has not been modified in half a year, so I feel like that battle was won. Good hub.

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      Cynthia Lyerly 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Do you happen to know what the email/address is to the US copyright office? I'm afraid if I google it, I'll get lots of junk.

      Great blog!

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      5 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      Very useful hub, and I've bookmarked it for future reference. I've had good luck with filing DMCA complaints although it's always taken awhile before the stolen articles were removed from the sites. Voting this up and useful.

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      Shasta Matova 

      5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day. You've explained this quite well. I have friends who don't understand they are stealing when they use things they found on the internet. I have had my content stolen several times, and the DMCA notices do work, but it is frustrating when they simply move the same stolen content to another site. Voted up.

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      Donna Herron 

      5 years ago from USA

      Great hub - a must read with lots of useful information for any hub writer. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your HOTD!!

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      Dedicated Content Curator 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      The trouble with others using your content is actually catching them at it. pages has a flag in the account area that's supposed to let you know if your hub's been copied, but since I've not seen one flag for over 3 years I am not even sure if that's even working.

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      Cecil Wilde 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This is such a useful hub! I've never felt confident in going after plagiarists, but with all this info I might just get there yet!

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      Alison Graham 

      5 years ago from UK

      Thank you for a really useful and informative Hub. I wish that the owners of would subscribe to a service like that you mention - I guess the cost would be prohibitive though with such a large number of published Hubs - but I feel it would be hugely beneficial to the site and would enable writers here to be more productive as checking for copied hubs and dealing with the results does take a lot of time.

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      5 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Thanks a lot for this info!

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      5 years ago from New York, NY

      I'm not sure what is my own attitude towards my stuff being plagiarized. On one hand it is flattering that someone would use what I have worked on so hard; on the other hand, someone may profit from that while I'll be losing, which is fine with me so far.

      I guess it's a monetary question. If someone would use my work and make lots of money - theoretically - then it would raise my concern; if not - then I'd probably be indifferent about it. Anyway, great advices! Voted up.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the HOTD! You really deserved the award. This is a very useful and informative hub. It came handy to me as I have just started my fight against plagriarism. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and pinned. Happy new week!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the HOTD! A very well deserved award. This is a very useful and informative hub. It came handy to me as I´m just starting my fight with plagriarism. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and more. Have a lovely week!

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      Carly Sullens 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I wish we lived in a world where we didn't have to deal with this. But we do. Your tips are so helpful for those who are wondering how to be more active and protective of their work.

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      H C Palting 

      5 years ago from East Coast

      Keep up the fight, it is never fun to have any of your ideas or works stolen and used in any way without your permission. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is definitely a very useful hub, something I was looking for. It happened with me twice. I followed everyone's suggestions, but so far with no favorable result.

      I am going to try again, with your advice.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      This is a very useful and helpful hub especially for those that have had their original content plagiarized. It's also great how you explained in more detail the difference between plagiarism and fair use.


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