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How to Combat Plagiarism When DMCA Notices Are Ignored

Shauna believes that by sharing knowledge, not everyone has to learn everything the hard way!


Complacency Keeps Plagiarists in Business

I’ve heard it too often and I just don’t understand it. While most writers I know are incensed by finding their copy stolen and posted elsewhere, others think that it’s a compliment to their work or simply don’t have the time to confront the thief.

Really? How long does it take you to create an article that’s ready for the Publish button? I don’t know about you, but between research, writing, choosing photos, and editing, it can take me anywhere from several hours to two days to produce an article I deem worthy of publication.

Conversely, it takes only 10 to 20 minutes to file a DMCA notice.

Complacency keeps ill-doing alive. Just look around you. Look at what the world’s come to. But that’s not today’s subject. Today’s subject is about making sure you retain and enforce your copyright.

Let me ask you a question: If your home is broken into and family heirlooms are stolen, will you file a police report and try to recover that which is rightfully yours? After all, isn’t it a compliment to you that someone valued what is precious to you enough to steal it? I’m being very sarcastic, but I hope I’ve made my point.

Don’t be complacent; fight back.

HubPages Lets Us Know When Our Work Has Been Stolen

I know many reading this have expressed their dismay and even contempt for HP of late, but the truth is they do the heavy work for us when it comes to identifying potential plagiarism. Just check out your Account page and look for the copyright symbol next to a title. Click on the title, and you—and only you, as the author—are given a link to see where your copy has been found.

They even go so far as to make it easy for you to file a DMCA notice. When you click on the File DMCA button, you’re given the copy and links you need to file. All you need to do is copy and paste the text into your email. They even include your signature. What more can you ask for?

Still too busy? Still don’t care? Shame on you.

Below is a screen shot of a notification HP has provided me for one of my articles that’s been plagiarized. This particular article has been stolen three times since I first posted it in 2011. I was able to get it taken down the first two times by posting a comment on the offender’s website. This time, I wasn’t so lucky. I gave him two chances, and then I filed an official DMCA complaint. Note that HP wasn’t able to give me the email address to send the complaint to, so I did some homework, which leads me to my next point of combat.

Green Tip #1 information regarding URL to stolen article

Green Tip #1 information regarding URL to stolen article

You can go to the website of the US Copyright Office to learn more about what your rights are under copyright law. The text can be a bit tricky to understand but I highly recommend it.

Do Your Homework

HP couldn’t locate the address for me to send my complaint, so I did my homework. If you really consider yourself a writer, you research. Whether for non-fiction, how-tos, or fiction, research is key to making your presentation believable. So, why wouldn’t you perform research to find the perpetrator of your stolen goods? is where to go to find the domain owner, webmaster, host, etc. That’s where I went. Go into

Let your fingers do the walking and do your homework.

Let your fingers do the walking and do your homework.

Enter the name of the link (found after the http:// and before/ but after .com or whatever). In this case, it’s rebelmouse. You’ll get a message that the domain name is not available. Click on the box that says “whois” and you’ll get a listing of all the information related to that domain name, including email addresses. This is a powerful tool. Bookmark it and use it.

I then sent a formal DMCA notice to rebelmouse via email on July 9, 2016. It went unanswered and unaddressed.

What do I do? I don’t settle, that’s for sure. I went into my Google Webmaster Tools page and searched for recourse. I can’t have them take the site down through the Remove option because the link is still live and festering.

So I put on my thinking cap. I WILL NOT let this sonofabitch get away with his theft when I’m so close on his tail.

I posed a question in the Webmasters Tool Forum:

“I have an article I wrote and posted on 10/14/11 about maintaining your septic tank naturally. It has been copied in its entirety, including the unique title, on 4/4/16. The only difference is the copied article includes several links to a product that doesn't exist in my original version. I've sent a DMCA notice to the plagiarist on 7/9/16. It has been ignored.

My question is: how do I get the stolen content taken down? Webmaster Tools tells me the content needs to be removed before I can request removal from search engines. But if my DMCA notice is being ignored, that condition doesn't exist. What other options are available to get my copyright infringement remedied?”

Within minutes I had a response and it was a good one. I was sent to Google’s Legal Removal Requests and followed the directions. I was told to read everything, starting with watching the provided video. I clicked on all the links provided (which offered clarification and sample reports) and filed a formal legal complaint with Google itself. They posted the offending link in the Removal portion of my Webmasters Tool Removal page and are in the process of investigating. Trust me, this rebelmouse guy will be in a heap more trouble with Google’s legal team than he would have been had he complied with my initial request.

Plagiarism Travels Far Beyond Informational Articles

My short story was stolen and posted in four different places on WordPress blogs

My short story was stolen and posted in four different places on WordPress blogs

I think what’s pissed me off the most is a short story I wrote, Forbidden Love, based on a challenge by my brother to write a story about a painting of his (which you can see in the article and hangs proudly in my hallway), was stolen. Not once, but four times! Twice of which was by a commenter on two separate WordPress sites.

This particular story is the culmination of two creative souls in two different artistic media. It’s a family effort and really pisses me off that something so intimate was stolen. I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel about this particular violation.

However, I have to give kudos to WordPress. I was instructed (through HP) to follow the WP guidelines in filing my DMCA notice. They are stellar, I must say. I filed my complaint on July 9, 2016 and on July 11, 2016 I received the following email:

Hi there,

> Location of unauthorized material:

Your DMCA Notice has been received and reviewed for completeness.

In accordance with the requirements set forth by the DMCA, we have disabled access to the allegedly infringing material. Please note that we have notified the user who uploaded the material to provide them an opportunity to formally challenge this removal. We will notify you immediately If the user submits a counter-notice.

Thank you,

Sal P. | Community Guardian |

The Resolution

I’m pleased to say, all links have been disabled or no longer exist. I’ve entered the links into my Webmaster Tools to have the cached links removed from the search engines.


Three days after I filed a DMCA with Google's legal team I received an email stating that the link to my stolen content has been removed from search results.

It really does pay to take the time to fight back!

Bottom Line

Copyright infringement is a crime. You’d fight for your family. You’d fight for your home. You’d fight for your country. Why would you not fight for your soul and your muse?

It only takes a few minutes. Do it.



Shauna L Bowling

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2016 Shauna L Bowling


Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 14, 2020:

Shyron, I think that's exactly the mindset of any thief, especially plagiarizers. They either think the author won't notice or won't take the time to fight the theft. Sadly, many times that's the case with authors.

When it happens to me, I fight. Most times I succeed in the duplicate content being taken down.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you're doing well and staying safe, my friend.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 13, 2020:

I think some plagiarizers just want to see how far they can go on someone else's work.

Thank you for the tips, you are awesome and inspiring.

Blessings my dear friend.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 13, 2019:

Go get 'em, Peg! Don't let those thieves get away with stealing your work..

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 13, 2019:

Thanks for this inspiring call to action. I'm guilty of giving up too soon when the email I sent didn't do anything. Back to work out the kinks and get those plagiarizers off their cans to do their own work.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 24, 2019:

Thank you, Aisling. I wrote it as a point of reference for my fellow writers. I believe in sharing knowledge that will be useful to us!

Madailein Aisling Ireland from Seattle, WA on January 24, 2019:

I definitely will! That article of yours was brilliant! I’ve bookmarked it for future reference.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 24, 2019:

You're welcome, Aisling. Good luck and keep us posted!

Madailein Aisling Ireland from Seattle, WA on January 24, 2019:

Absolutely perfect! This is a great, wonderful article. Thank you so much!!!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 06, 2018:

Merry Christmas to you too, Nell.

Thanks for the share. Writers can't afford to be complacent when it comes to plagiarism. Perhaps if we all fight back, these literary thieves will find an honest way to earn a living. It may be wishful thinking, but it'll only continue if we don't put forth the effort to protect our hard work.

Nell Rose from England on December 06, 2018:

Read again and shared across. This is so important and something that makes me so mad when Google ignores our plea for removal! Have a great Christmas Shauna!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 15, 2018:

Joyette, I'm thrilled that you're going after the plagiarists. Let me know how it turns out.

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on March 06, 2018:

Thanks for these useful tips Shauna, I am happy for the encouragement. I have three articles which have been copied. I have filed the DMCA complaints to no avail. I will try your suggestions.

Great Hubs. Keep it going!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 19, 2017:

Mary, keep at it until you regain what is rightfully yours. I will never understand how these thieves can be so brazen. How do they live with themselves? Certainly not in good conscience.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 19, 2017:

Nell, I apologize for the late response - I'm just now seeing your comment. Have you had any better luck since you posted your latest comment?

Mary Wickison from USA on June 16, 2017:

I have 4 or so articles which keep getting stolen. There was one which was on Facebook and ranked higher than mine!

That one has since been taken down, but it seems a never ending job. I just found another on Quora, and have sent both the company and the user a message.

You are right we need to be diligent and not let them get away with it. Thanks for the reminder. I am going to bookmark this to keep the info.

thanks .

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 18, 2017:

Good luck with those, Nell. I know it's a pain in the butt, but it's the principle. Fight for what's yours.

Nell Rose from England on April 18, 2017:

I have recently done loads of DMCA's and have a couple of answers back, but not as many as should be! great info, I know I read it before but it really is useful! lol!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 18, 2016:

That's wonderful news, Chris!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 18, 2016:

Shauna, It is in the US and I wrote to the email address given. Guess what, since last time I had checked, which has been a couple of weeks, it has been taken down. For the first time in a long time, it does not show up on google searches anyplace but here at HP. I appreciate you keeping this in front of us

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 18, 2016:

Chris, is the site's origin from outside the U.S.? Have you gone into Whois to see who owns the domain? Also try contacting the platform host (WordPress, Weebly, etc.)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 18, 2016:

I'm glad you find this article useful, Nell. Drives me nuts too!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 18, 2016:

I'm still fighting to get one of mine resolved. It is a strange one. The text of my article on certain types of camera lenses and DSLR cameras is chopped up and spread throughout another article that is on a totally unrelated topic. The whole thing reads like gibberish. I suppose when someone googles the information, my stolen article is extracted from the gibberish article and reassembled. I've tried numerous routes with the DMCAs with no results.

Nell Rose on November 17, 2016:

Hiya, came back for another read, you can never have enough help with this sort of thing, drives me nuts!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 06, 2016:

Why, thank you my friend! It's great to hear from you.

Chris Rose on November 06, 2016:

Star, you are !!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 27, 2016:

Joyette, I'm glad to hear you're not letting them get away with stealing your work. Also glad this article is of help to you. Good timing, huh?

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on October 27, 2016:

bravewarrior, I'm with you 100%. I have two hubs which have been stolen and I am working on getting redress. I am happy for the insights you provided. Thanks a lot! All the best with your own battle.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 06, 2016:

Catherine, I'm glad you fight the lazy SOBs every step of the way. It really grates on my nerves when writers say they don't want to take the time to exercise their legal rights; that it's a compliment when their work is stolen.

I hope others read your comment. Nice addition to this article!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on October 05, 2016:

I'm with you. I get mad when people steal my content. If there is a comments section, I use that to inform everyone,that this text is in violation of copyright laws. I hope to shame the thief into removing my essay. If I can track down an email address, I contact them and ask them to take it down. However, often there is no email address listed in whois or on the website. The final step is to send the DMCA notice to the registrar. Usually I can find an email that begins with the word "abuse".

It usually takes me 20 hours to produce a hub. I get mad when I find some lazy thief is using my work for their own benefit even if I'm flattered that they like my work so much that they want to claim it for their own. Every time I find my work has been stolen, I get it taken down. Sometimes it takes a while, but I stick with it.

Sometimes the thief is a person who just doesn't understand copyright. They usually apologize and I explain that they can quote a paragraph and then provide a link. They often do that.

But most of the thieves know exactly what they are doing. They are sophisticated webmasters. One even tried to deny that I hold the copyright. He said it was all over the internet. So I googled and found out that two others had stolen the same hub. HP hadn't found these other two. I got all three websites to take it down. I had to be very persistent with the first guy tho.

You are right bravewarrior. I wouldn't let someone steal my stuff and I won't let them steal my intellectual property. Thanks for these tips. I'm sure they will come in handy when I have to deal with a particularly stubborn thief.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2016:

Awww, thanks Flourish! It's wonderful to be recognized. Thanks for making my day!

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 16, 2016:

Sha - Congratulations on your Hubbie! You are awesome and it's nice to see you recognized.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 15, 2016:

Thank you, Martie!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 15, 2016:

Congratulations for receiving a Hubby award for this hub, bravewarrior!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 15, 2016:

Thanks, Paula. I was very surprised to see my name on the list. Cool beans, huh?

Suzie from Carson City on September 15, 2016:

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Way to go, girlfriend!! Hugs, Paula

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 15, 2016:

ChitrangadaSharan, thank you for the congrats and the pin. Much appreciated!

I'm glad you found this useful. As you can see, there's no need to let DMCA take-down requests go unheard. Keep fighting back until you get results.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 15, 2016:

Congratulations for the Hubbie award for this hub!

I was looking for the information in this regard. Hubs getting copy / pasted by other sites or persons is so common. And most of the DMCA complaints are not so effective. I have had this unpleasant experience so many times.

Thanks for sharing the details that are going to help many of us. This is indeed very useful and informative. Pinning it too.

Enjoy your well deserved win and have a blessed day!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 13, 2016:

Mar, no one was more surprised than I when I read the list of winners. Thank you for your support and constant flow of hugs, my True Blue!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 13, 2016:

Great news, dear Sha...congratulations on your Hubbie for this well-detailed and most useful hub. Love you, mar

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 13, 2016:

Thank you, Dora. Same to you!

MsDora on September 13, 2016:

Shauna, Congratulations on your Best Hub in TurboFuture Award. Best to you, going forward!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 13, 2016:

Thank you, John. I appreciate you stopping by. You're well on your way to collecting a full service of HP mugs. Well done!

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 13, 2016:

Congratulations on best article on Turbofuture! Well done Shauna, this really deserved it.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 12, 2016:

Thank you, Mike. This came as a complete surprise. Needless to say, I'm thrilled!

Congratulations to you, too. Your Carriage Driver series is a favorite of mine. Obviously, I'm not alone in that thought!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 12, 2016:

Thank you, Faith. It feels good. Congrats to you, too!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 12, 2016:

Chris, I just can't sit by and let plagiarists think it's okay to steal our work. I hope you do fight back. It doesn't take a lot of time; it's worth the effort.

Thanks for the congrats. I was thrilled beyond belief when I saw this hub won Best Hub in the TurboFuture site. I'm smiling all over!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on September 12, 2016:

Congratulations Sha. Your hub took a lot of effort to put together and your efforts have been rewarded. Best Hub on Turbofuture, 2016 Hubbies. Wonderful.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on September 12, 2016:

Congratulations, Shauna, on your Hubbie Award for this article. I need to get back here and utilize this resource for several of my hubs which have been stollen.

Faith Reaper on September 12, 2016:

Congratulations, Sha, on you HubbieAward for this hub! Well-deserved.


Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 26, 2016:

There are other ways of checking to see if you've been plagairized, Nell - outside of what HP offers. And frankly, I don't think ads have anything to do with it. My articles that have been stolen don't have ads, but links to products, if even that.

Bill just posted a video in one of his Mailbags that includes a video for a free plagiarism, checker. Check out his 110th installment. Here's the link:

Nell Rose on August 26, 2016:

Hiya, I have filed so many but like cockroaches they come back somewhere else. trouble is when someone copies it and it doesn't have ads, they don't want to know.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 23, 2016:

Nadine, our articles automatically fall under the copyright laws, whether posted on line or in print. Photos can be protected as well. I wrote an article about how to protect your photos while also making them visible to Google searches. I don't know if the copyright laws are different in South Africa, but in the U.S. it's a crime to steal someone else's work. It's not difficult to go after the thieves, you just need to be willing to do it. If enough authors fight back, maybe plagiarists will find an honest way to make a living.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 08, 2016:

Deb, at least your thieves are giving you attribution and you're earning pennies from the traffic you get as the result. I wasn't so lucky. But I did my due diligence and got the copied content taken down.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 08, 2016:

Ghost, that's because my DMCA's went into effect. Good to know my article came up first though. Thanks for having my back!

Bravewarrior on August 08, 2016:

Deb, at least they're sending traffic your way. It wasn't the case with my work. It was out and out stolen.

Deb Hirt on August 07, 2016:

I've had a couple of things used, but everything was attributed to the original link, which by the way is back to hubpages, but hubpages doesn't use our names, only Imagine that? Every click goes back to my account, though. I asked the businesses not to use the material, but I'm not going to complain, since I'm paid my pennies for those clicks. After all, HP is getting paid as a content mill, anyway, right? They just aren't getting their share off some of my material, which is where it all boils down.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 02, 2016:

Dianna, I know so many of us are frustrated with having our work stolen. Thieves don't seem to care that they are breaking the law and violating our pride and hard work. We can't let them get away with it. I fully support our writing community and believe in sharing information that will help us maintain our integrity in the literary world.

Dianna Mendez on August 01, 2016:

This is valuable information and I am keeping it on file for reference. You are such a gem to help others with this important notice.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 28, 2016:

Shyron, what's the line?

I'm glad you found this useful. I'm very pleased that Google got back to me so quickly. Three days after I contacted them (when the DMCA notice I filed to the Green Tip thief went unanswered) I received an email that the link has been taken down and removed from search results.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 28, 2016:

Shauna, this is the most fantastic hub. It is bookmarked and I am sure I will be here often.

You truly are a Brave Warrior

Blessings my dear friend

P.S. I have stolen a line (quote) from this hub and put the quote on my hub "Drowning in Apathy" if you want me to take it down, just say the word. ---Shyron

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 27, 2016:

Dora, in my opinion, you owe it to yourself to fight for what is rightfully yours. It really takes very little time. Complacency doesn't shut the plagiarists down, but encourages them to continue to reap the benefits of others' hard work. Just think how many page views (that you could be earning pennies from) get diverted to the impostor's site when you allow them to claim your work as their own. Are you really willing to let them do that to you?

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 27, 2016:

Shauna, I confess that I have been one of those who did not have time to fight copyright violations, but you have made some very impressive points. I agree with your stand. Thanks for the wake-up call!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 25, 2016:

Alphadogg, check the hubs themselves. You should see the links where your stolen content was found just above the title, if HP has marked them with the red copyright symbol in your account. Click on the link to see if it's still live.

Once the link is no longer live, go into your Webmaster Removal Tool and enter the URL. This will remove the cached link from searches.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 25, 2016:

Mar, it's been a while since I've written anything. I really didn't intend for seven months to go by between posts. Oh well...

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 25, 2016:

Patricia, we can't let the thieves get away with stealing our work. If we don't fight back, they'll never have reason to stop the activity.

I hope all is well with you and your grandson.

Kevin W from Texas on July 25, 2016:

Ive several hubs stolen/borrowed. Some have added a link to give proper credit and some didnt. I tried to filed a complaint once, not real sure if it ever got removed. Thanks for the insight.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on July 25, 2016:

Dear Sha,

Good to see you writing anything, as busy as you are. Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge with us.

Love you and have a peaceful week, mar

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

This is so helpful...I have had several of mine 'stolen' for lack of a better word.

I will refer to this if it happens again.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

Ghost on July 24, 2016:

Excellent rundown, Sha. I'm particularly impressed with the response you got from Google's legal team (secondly to your own ferocious effort, of course.

In the meantime, if one is in the middle of a plagiarism battle, it's good to be able to take comfort from the fact that Google paradigms generally help us in another specific way, namely recognizing "who posted first." Just for kicks and giggles, I ran a Google search on your septic tank articles--even leaving out the "Green Tip #1" (or #2) portion. Your original article, popped up Number One in search results, with your "copiers" nowhere to be found.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Me, too, Larry. Thanks for the read and the compliment!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 24, 2016:

Plagiarism frustrates me to no end.

Great read.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Good for you, John!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Bulldog, huh Bill? Ha ha. I'll take it!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Paula, check out your account page to see if your work has been stolen. That's one of the great benefits of being a writer on HP. They do the leg work for you. However, they won't send you an email notifying you of the theft. That's why it pays to check your account page periodically.

I have some other ideas for hubs, as well. I write down the titles or themes and keep them in an "ideas" folder. This one came easily to me. I'd just finished filing my complaint with Google. My ire was just the fuel I needed to spew on paper.

You have my number. Call me any time you get the hankerin', my friend.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 24, 2016:

Yes I have checked. nothing there.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Peg, I was quite frustrated when my DMCA on the Green Tip #1 article went unanswered. I wasn't about to let that stop me, though. That's why I went to Uncle Google for help and I'm so glad I did. Their legal team will wreak much more havoc on the thief than I've been able to do on my own.

I'm glad you found this article useful. That's my sole intent.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

John, HP doesn't actually notify you. They do, however, put the copyright symbol next to the article's title on your My Account page, meaning your article may have been stolen. You might want to check it out. If you see one, click on the title's link. From there HP will give you the information you need to file a DMCA.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Fat Boy, consider yourself lucky that you haven't had any of your work stolen. But, if it happens, you now have the tools to fight the fight.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Manatita, my muse kicked in at just the right time. I originally was going to post the link to Google's legal team on the HP Facebook page. But my muse stepped in and said, "huh uh, Sha. This is worthy of a full-blown article".

I hope the information I offered here is taken to heart and put to use.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 24, 2016:

Good information here, Sha, and bravo for fighting back. You are a bulldog when you sink your teeth, my friend. Carry on the good fight!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Faith, I hope you take the time to go after them. The longer you put if off, the more the thieves will think it's okay to steal other people's work. As long as they'r not pursued, they have no reason to stop the illegal activity.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Thanks, Flourish. I'm confident I'll get the results I'm seeking. What's cool about Google's legal team going after violators, is my complaint will be filed on two different public registers. The culprit's name will be mud!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Donna, I'm glad you fought for your intellectual rights and won. It's a pain to have to do so, but it doesn't take much time at all to report the theft. Most times it only takes one attempt to get the violation taken down.

I'm waiting to see what Google comes back with. They tell me if I don't hear from them, it means they were successful. I'll have to check the article periodically to make sure the copy has been taken down.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Ruby, your teacher had the decency to ask permission. That's all it takes to avoid becoming a plagiarist. And, BTW, plagiarism is a crime.

Thanks for your comment and sharing your story.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 24, 2016:

Mike, since Emerald Wells is now published in print, I think it would be worth your time to chase down the thieves and take back what's rightfully yours.

Suzie from Carson City on July 24, 2016:

Hey Sha......There may be some of my work out there that has been stolen but I'm simply not aware. I know I would be quite put out should I discover this. I can't imagine what these thieves intend to prove. How lazy and non-creative can some people get?

What a world we live in, GF. Being on alert 24/7 to all that goes on around us in this crazy world is the quickest way to paranoia!

When these people are found out & confronted, they probably aren't even embarrassed or ashamed of themselves. I'm sure they just move on to steal more work from others.

It was worth the wait for you to publish a new hub. Bravo! You've got the gift, girl. I have one floating around in my head but that's as far as I've gotten......being that my motivation sucks presently.

Hope all is well with you Sha. Glad we connected today. I miss you!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 24, 2016:

It is frustrating to find our hard work copied and used without our permission. These links clarify the process and I'll be bookmarking them. What I've found that is extremely difficult to track down is when our articles are used as click bait for advertisements. It is hard to identify where they have copied the text since it goes directly to an advert where, when you try to leave, a pop-up comes up that asks, "Are you sure you want to leave this page ..." I finally took down one of my articles that was copied after getting no results on the DMCA.

In other instances, I've had great responses from the host site where the copy was used. Thanks for the reminder that our hard work is worth our time to pursue these cheaters.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 24, 2016:

Shauna, this is a wonderful and very helpful article. I will keep it for reference. So far "touch wood" I have never been notified that any of my hubs have been copied and never had to issue a DMCA. Maybe, I should feel jealous that none of my writing is seen as good enough to steal :)

Great job.

Colin Garrow from Inverbervie, Scotland on July 24, 2016:

All very interesting - though I haven't had any similar problems myself, at least I know what to do now if it happens. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 from london on July 24, 2016:

What can I say? It was a joy to see your 'fighting' Spirit, and yes, this kind of things can strip many of their dignity and morale. I'm happy that all seemed to be resolved in the end.

Pursuing this takes time and effort, but yes, I agree that for many its worth it. Plagiarising has been happening all over for some tome. More modern tools can catch them easily, but then one has to look or gets lucky or a friend tells him/her whats going on.

I have not pursued this area, but I suspect that these people look for particular articles which will help them in their ability to make money or promote their work/adds.

Someone needs to 'shout' though, and it would appear that you did a great job. Thanks Shauna.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 23, 2016:

Hi Sha,

Helpful article here to combat theft of our writing. I'm glad you explained how simple it is to file a complaint. When I first joined HP, a fellow hubber here sent me an email and let me know one of my poems had been stolen. I felt so violated and didn't have a clue what to do about it. It was a personal poem I had actually written years before and decided to post it on HP. I've since had several hubs stolen. What is even more disturbing is to find sites who use my hubber profile name and even add HubPages on the end and it is nothing I would ever write! Then they will have a somewhat pitiful version of what I've written, which is fraud and misrepresentation of my writing! Burns me up too.

Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 23, 2016:

Good for you that you are fighting back. I hope you get the results you deserve.

Cygnet Brown from Springfield, Missouri on July 23, 2016:

A couple years ago I had one of my articles stolen. I did feel complemented by the theft, but I still reported it and got my article removed from that other site. It was easy as you suggest.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 23, 2016:

Shauna, I salute you for writing this hub. People who steal articles/hubs have no scruples. I had a teacher ask permission to use my hub, A poem, The Tongue Unleashed, A deadly Device. I was happy that she wanted to use something I had written in her class room. For someone to steal an article that you've researched and wrote is beyond sleazy, it should be a crime. I'm happy to know that HP helped you. Thank you for posting this. I'm sure it will help others...

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on July 23, 2016:

Hello Sha - what a mountain of energy you display fighting this cause. I hope you get the satisfaction you seek. When I was writing, 'Emerald Wells Cafe,' it popped up everywhere, and I could/would not chase it all the culprits. So, I am glad you posted this useful hub.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 23, 2016:

Martie, even if our posts show a link to the original, we should be contacted and asked permission to do so. This has not been the case in my recent "steals".

Thank you for being the first to comment. I swear, I no sooner posted this when I received notification that you'd responded!

I've been invited to dinner next door, so I'm fixin' to sign off for the night. So glad I caught you - or you caught me!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on July 23, 2016:

Thanks for this guideline about how to combat plagiarism, Shauna. I believe stolen hubs properly linked to our original post are okey, but not if we don't get the recognition we deserve. As you say, we put a lot of time, effort, research, intellect and wisdom into our work, we cannot have it stolen.