I've Been Plagarised!

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Oh my goodness, I've heard of it happening but I haven't had it happen to me until now.

I submitted an article to about 6 article directories including EzineArticles. I just got an email from Ezines saying my article is rejected because they believe it is the property of someone else and they gave me the link to it.

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The top link is the link they gave me - published on the 4th May, the second link is the link to my article published 29th April

He didn't even change any of it, he just copied it exact word for word and submitted it to exactly the same article directory and they were stupid enough to publish it. I thought article directories approved articles before publishing them.

I just can't believe people just copy word for word, thats incredible.
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  • Profile picture of the author uwa223
    It seems that whenever you upload something to the Internet, it does not belong to you anymore. Someone copied my website word-for-word. Her excuse: "I needed to make money".
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    • Profile picture of the author BenWainwright
      Originally Posted by uwa223 View Post

      It seems that whenever you upload something to the Internet, it does not belong to you anymore. Someone copied my website word-for-word. Her excuse: "I needed to make money".
      Best excuse ever, lol. Don't we all.


      But yeah, its gonna happen to you at one point or another, in fact, I look at it this way, if no one has ripped you off in any way yet, you're probably not making that much of an impact. I see it as a compliment. I mean, not happy about it, but I don't sweat it too much. Just move on.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndyBlackSEO
      Originally Posted by uwa223 View Post

      It seems that whenever you upload something to the Internet, it does not belong to you anymore. Someone copied my website word-for-word. Her excuse: "I needed to make money".
      So do thieves, but they go to jail for it. It's shocking that people can copy peoples sites and content word for word. Pure laziness!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jon Steel
      wow - i can't believe it

      Originally Posted by uwa223 View Post

      It seems that whenever you upload something to the Internet, it does not belong to you anymore. Someone copied my website word-for-word. Her excuse: "I needed to make money".
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    I really, really dont understand people submitting articles to directories like EZA and then being surprised to find those articles elsewhere.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      I really, really dont understand people submitting articles to directories like EZA and then being surprised to find those articles elsewhere.
      I know it happens so I guess I'm not that surprised, but what surprises me the most is that this same article directory published the exact same article twice. That just shouldn't be allowed.

      I know there are a lot of dishonest, lazy people out there that steal other people's work, this is just the first time I have had it happen - or at least that I know off
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      • Profile picture of the author TeamGlobal
        Hi Sheryl,

        Unfortunately this kind of thing is happening more and more frequently.

        Contact the article directory to have them remove the stolen article. If for any reason the directory is unresponsive simply contact their hosting company to get it taken care of.

        All The Best,


        Tony
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          As yours was published first, should be easy to get it removed. Not all directories check originality as EZA does.

          Part of the growing problem seems to be marketers finding it's easier to steal English articles than to write them. You'll see what I mean if you visit "that guy's" site and look at the awkward text there.

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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Yes his text is a bit 'awkward' isn't it. I guess it would be hard for them to write in English when it isn't their native tongue but he could at least try and change the article a bit without just copying word for word.

    I have contact Articlesbase and given them links to both articles so hopefully they will take it down.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    Sheryl,
    that sucks - but as folks have said not surprising. I would go ahead and start a DMCA notice to get the content taken down - and then use copyscape or even just google to see if this clown has posted it elsewhere. You can get a free form to do this at:
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  • Profile picture of the author joshril
    Sorry to hear that... I had this happen to me on some content I wrote once. It does not feel good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Thanks Jack, that is a very useful site to know off. I will give them a little bit of time for them to take it down, but if they don't then I will use that DMCA notice.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    i was visiting one of my autoblogs today, and low and behold..i saw an article by Angela Edwards, about backlinks <---

    This is how autoblogs work, they get articles from article directories because they are "basically" public. You should know that a site-owner usually doesn't have control over this and its also far from any ill intent.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      i was visiting one of my autoblogs today, and low and behold..i saw an article by Angela Edwards, about backlinks <---

      This is how autoblogs work, they get articles from article directories because they are "basically" public.

      I realise that and if I search a paragraph of that article it appears on a few different blogs that are autoblog type blogs.

      That I don't mind, they have kept the resource box intact and they have kept the link pointing back to my website, so that is gaining me more backlinks.

      It is just the blatant copying that I don't like - not to mention that there is no credit to who wrote the original article in my situation.
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      • Profile picture of the author michellegreen
        Thanks to a fellow Warrior, I use Google Alerts to determine who is using my articles (because as we know, people can use articles if the resource box is intact etc).

        I set it up with the title of my article as my keywords. It works quite well and it's interesting to see who exactly is using your articles and is definitely a great way to catch someone out if they're not keeping the entire article (including links to your site) intact, or outright copying them.
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        • Profile picture of the author Marian
          Originally Posted by michellegreen View Post

          Thanks to a fellow Warrior, I use Google Alerts to determine who is using my articles (because as we know, people can use articles if the resource box is intact etc).

          I set it up with the title of my article as my keywords. It works quite well and it's interesting to see who exactly is using your articles and is definitely a great way to catch someone out if they're not keeping the entire article (including links to your site) intact, or outright copying them.
          What a nice tip! :-) Thanks.

          I found some of my artcicles translated into Russian - but with no resource box :-(

          Marian
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Alexander
    Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

    Oh my goodness, I've heard of it happening but I haven't had it happen to me until now.

    I submitted an article to about 6 article directories including EzineArticles. I just got an email from Ezines saying my article is rejected because they believe it is the property of someone else and they gave me the link to it.

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    The top link is the link they gave me - published on the 4th May, the second link is the link to my article published 29th April

    He didn't even change any of it, he just copied it exact word for word and submitted it to exactly the same article directory and they were stupid enough to publish it. I thought article directories approved articles before publishing them.

    I just can't believe people just copy word for word, thats incredible.
    I assume you mean 'plagiarised'.

    In fact, if he's copied it word for word, that's copyright theft, and you can sue his *ss.

    Send a DMCA to his host pronto.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by Jon Alexander View Post

      I assume you mean 'plagiarised'.

      In fact, if he's copied it word for word, that's copyright theft, and you can sue his *ss.

      Send a DMCA to his host pronto.
      Yes I mean plagiarised, I didn't thinc I had itt spalt rite
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    • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
      Originally Posted by Jon Alexander View Post

      I assume you mean 'plagiarised'.

      In fact, if he's copied it word for word, that's copyright theft, and you can sue his *ss.

      Send a DMCA to his host pronto.
      Unless the miscreant has the content hosted on their servers, DMCA to the host won't do anything.

      The DMCA notice must be sent in this case to the article directory. If they refuse, then you contact the hosting company for the article directory, not the miscreants hosting.

      Good luck Sheryl.
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    • Profile picture of the author halfpoint
      Luckily I haven't been confronted with this problem before, however in my opinion its not even worth doing anything about it.

      Think about the ways you could be building your business in the time it takes to track these people down.

      I know some people find it hard to leave it and move on, but its inevitably going to happen at some point, so unless its directly affecting your business, I wouldn't worry.

      Just my $0.02
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  • Profile picture of the author Anomaly1974
    One of my articles on the directories was downloaded over 1200 times and I had well under 100 backlinks from that same article. For me though, like one other poster here said, it just is not worth the time to track them all down. If it is in one of my niches, I will be having enough new content coming out on a regular basis to own the keywords in the SERP anyhow so I just move on.

    I feel like I am doing a frigging promotional tour of this product here today but I did get referred to this program and it was made exactly for this purpose.

    It is free and this is not an affiliate link ... but I have not had time to thoroughly check it out yet.

    Still, it does seem to be worth a look. You would be surprised how many hundred and sometimes thousands of sites are posting your content with absolutely no credit given to you at all ... especially if you are a writer.

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  • Profile picture of the author sm97os
    it happens. it sucks big time, but it happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    I must admit it happens all the time but i havent noticed it happening to me but i am sure it has at some point. Lets face it we all write a lot of articles and with some outsourcing i get over 120 out a week and i have no time to keep checking up on them.

    So like yourself the only way i would know is if i had an article refused personally.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by rlrlphs View Post

      First of all, where do you get your article?Because few weeks ago I encountered that article to someone else. You won't be penalized because you are not submitting the same article.
      Where did I get that article - I wrote it myself, I wrote it off the top of my head so I don't think that you saw the article belonging to someone else a few weeks ago!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Had the same fight a few months ago and it's not worth the
    time and stress to fight this. At the suggestion of another
    warrior I blogged about it and contacted a few people, but
    in the end the level of effort is not a good investment.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      he could at least try and change the article a bit without just copying word for word
      But that's still plagiarizing.

      I think you have to choose your battles and trying to communicate about this with someone in Singapore who clearly isn't good at English is a lost cause. I'd send notice to the directory (and any other directories he submits it to) but otherwise let it go.

      kay
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  • Profile picture of the author UnleashReality
    take it as a compliment
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  • Profile picture of the author zoobie
    that sucks it happen to me also but the point was a guy completely stripped off my article a the EZA and removed my credit links as well... those people are insane...
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    • Profile picture of the author Bright Wings
      Pro SEO, those are definitely some great links! Yes it takes some time to track down offenders, but it might be worth one pass at it. It appears the situation is one where a person deliberately and illegally copied original work -- and that needs to be stopped where possible.

      I've been "scraped" and "flogged" and for those I just figure they won't be successful in the long run, because they are so obvious. I mean, what would you do if you got to a page that just had ONE post on it with 40 google adwords links (and nothing else)??? Not much, I bet.

      Thanks for everyone who offered links for how to pursue offenders; I know I will probably need them sooner or later. I think anyone who's doing their own writing needs to watch out for this kind of thing, especially if you're any good at it :-)

      Yes it stinks, but I still believe the honest folks are winning. Hope we always do, too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom2009
    It happens to everybody , i had a bad luck , and i even paid for plagarised content.. on DigitalPoint to some guy who was making unique content websites.. lol.. it wasn t unique at all.. i ve been contacted then , by the owner of the contant , and i ve shut down the site... so maybe this is what you should also do.. try to contact the owner...
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkWrites
    I would definitely contact the directory, and if not resolved quickly then go the DMCA route. This puts the ball in their court and lets you continue using your valuable time on income generating tasks.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebizman87
    I know how it feels.Believe me, the "scum" won't go anywhere in future.He or she will either go to hell or stay broke for a long time to come..
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  • Profile picture of the author bannor32
    Pretty much impossible to avoid in this day and age. I've had dozens of articles auto-scraped or manually copied and pasted. Whenever I write a blog post now I embed at least one deep link to my website, so at least I will benefit a little bit from the backlink. What is really frustrating is when you see these copied articles show up in the SERPs and they are ranked above your original!
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      To add to it, I had once found EZA to have published an article written by me, and within 3 hours or so of approval Google had indexed a copy made by someone else and my article was not even indexed at that point. I never checked back whether the article was ever indexed, I got so frustrated and disgusted with it (and I had hardly imagined some twinny-winny site could beat EZA so smartly and in such a short span of time). Not going to forget this experience ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author elle56
    Happened to me too at EZA, of all places. The person copied my article verbatim and removed the resource box. I asked him to take it down. I didn't follow through. It's useless anyway.

    I still submit to EZA but I've cut down the number of articles I submit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Update:

    I just received an email from Articlebase - they have apologised and they have removed not only the copied article but they have removed all of that authors articles and have banned him from their directory.

    So a happy ending on this one
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    • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
      Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

      Update:

      I just received an email from Articlebase - they have apologised and they have removed not only the copied article but they have removed all of that authors articles and have banned him from their directory.

      So a happy ending on this one

      That's great news Sheryl! I understand what people mean when they say you've got more productive things to do than fight it in terms of building your business. On the other hand, if honest people won't slap down scammers, they'll just continue stealing profitably with no consequences. I'm a firm believer in consequences, as long as they are appropriate for the offense.

      So I'm glad you followed up and did us all a favor by putting the hurt on the theiving *sshole!

      Speaking of which, anyone know how I can track down Keith Wellman?
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  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel ED
    It's a good thing they were able to resolve it. Bloggers are sure the culprits- note I didn't say all of them.

    As for the autoblogs, at least you got backlinks and exposure from them, a good plus if you ask me.
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  • Profile picture of the author BradCarroll
    Welcome to the internet!

    Seriously, do whatever is within your power to do. Screw those cheap *******s...and expect them to keep doing it from time to time.

    It sucks each and every time that they do it--but it's also part of the cost of doing business. Don't get mad, just get even--as long as it doesn't eat up too much of your time.

    And yes, definitely: TAKE IT AS A COMPLIMENT! When people steal, they usually steal GOOD stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author homebasedmom
    Why can't I open the first link? It just says article not found. I can only open the second one which is from your published article on April 29th.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
      Originally Posted by homebasedmom View Post

      Why can't I open the first link? It just says article not found. I can only open the second one which is from your published article on April 29th.
      The first link doesn't work now because the article directory have removed his article
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    • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel ED
      Originally Posted by homebasedmom View Post

      Why can't I open the first link? It just says article not found. I can only open the second one which is from your published article on April 29th.
      I think it has been removed, Sheryl said the matter had been resolved.
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