Thursday, March 12, 2015

WRITERS! This Site is Stealing Your Work!

Sadly plagiarism is alive and well in so many places on the web that every time I am alerted to one web site that has stolen my property, I discover another one. I’ll be honest – I’m INFURIATED! I just found some of my work on a site that calls itself Wet Tub. Absolutely no credit whatsoever is given to the original writer – they just steal what isn’t theirs! And a LOT of articles appear on that site.

So be forewarned – your work might be there too. If you can get the word out, I would appreciate it. Some of us are trying to post our work on other sites, but Google will see this as “duplicate content,” so even if you’ve protected your work, thieves will still steal it from you and you might not be able to post it on venues where YOU could be making money from YOUR writing!

To find your work, just Google either the title or a line from your writing. Let's try to stop plagiarism together!

Interesting observation – these sites all look eerily similar to each other.

UPDATE: Thanks to Tony Payne bringing another one to my attention, I'd like to add Tiny Jump to what I'm sure will be a list of plagiarizers. If you find any more, please let me know.

UPDATE 2: Super Blinky has also stolen my work.

UPDATE 3: From Tony Payne on how to report your stolen work: If you view one of your articles on the site and there is a Google ad on the page, at the top right of the ad is something that looks like a small triangle. Click on that and it opens a Google page. At the bottom of that page you can leave feedback on the website. Add as much as you can to verify yourself as the author/owner, like url's etc.


UPDATE 4: From Davida Chazan: If you get them to remove your article, take the URL to this site and have Google remove it from their archive. That way they can't use a catched version of the article. Oh, and some of these sites also have a place where they note their DMCA policies. If you click on that, they sometimes have an email address (written like "admin at sitename dot com") that you can write to them about it. That way you can send them screen shots to prove that the article is yours (if you have them). Then check the URL again in a few days. If its gone, use the above webmaster removal tool.

UPDATE 5: I just discovered that superItchy.com has also stolen my work.

UPDATE 6: Today, March 17, 2015, I discovered another thief – superpeachy.com and, as I have for the other plagiarizers, I reported this one as well!

UPDATE 7: Today, March 25, 2015, I discovered yet another plagiarized site – beefycow.com. While I've noticed that Google has removed ads from sites I've reported, they have NOT removed the articles! How disappointing!

UPDATE 8: Will this list never end? Here’s another one that has stolen my work: rustybee.com. Again, ALL of these sites look similar – or exactly the same. Could they be the work of one person?

UPDATE 9: Egg Van is another thieving site brought to my attention by one of the commenters below. Thank you, Kim.

UPDATE 10: I just discovered another thief – Bogbit – that has stolen at least one of my articles!

UPDATE 11: And then there's SuperForty, another site I reported to Google.

UPDATE 12: Another plagiarist found showcasing one my most important articles, an article that took many hours to research, stolen by TreePony!

Come on, Google, don't just get rid of the ads – get rid of these plagiarists!



11 comments:

  1. These sites are all over the place taking our work. Most of them strip our names from the articles, some of them give them new titles so that there is no connection between the article and the title. Insane!

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    1. I know! So infuriating! And it seems that the more we report them, the faster they start another plagiarized site.

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  2. These kinds of sites just infuriate me as well. The bad part about it as that it is so easy for these people to do this since the Internet is so vast. But it's good that writers like you are getting more proactive in seeking out the plagiarizers.

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    1. We'll never eradicate these diseases, but by discussing their thieveries and by sharing what we know with others, we can at least try to make stealing more difficult for them.

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  3. Infuriating indeed!! Thanks for sharing all this, Theresa. I will share your post on my social media networks over the weekend. Some people just don't have any scruples...grrrrr......

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Joy. I'm going to be updating this blog every time I find another thief.

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  4. OMG this is awful!!! Thank you for giving us a heads-up. I need to check out these sites immediately!

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    1. The best way to check for your content is to pull a sentence from one of your pieces, wrap quotation marks around them, and then Google the quote.

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  5. I hadn't heard of Wet Tub, but I can tell by the ridiculous name that it's owned by the same thief as the others mentioned that I am aware of. Each one of those sites stole my work. Here's another one to add to the list - Egg Van. Check that one too. It seems as if the idiot just pulls a noun and an adjective or verb out of a hat and comes up with the stupid site names. Most of my 5,500 articles were stolen and cannot be reused because of that POS. Nothing can be done about it either. The thieves own the sites. At least they aren't earning anything because they have no ads. However, they're negatively affecting many lives. I really needed to be able to use those articles. It's as if they stole all of the material on Yahoo Voices.

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    1. I'll have to check that one out, Kim. Thanks for adding it to the list. I've reported all of the ones listed above to Google, and I'm sure others did as well, which is probably why ads don't appear on any of the sites. Google took our complaints seriously. Unfortunately Google apparently has no authority to ban those thieves from the Internet, and even if they did, more would crop up. I'm republishing my material anyway, because somewhere in the archives, proof exists that I am the original writer. You had so many articles, Kim, I would say go ahead and republish them, even if you had to post a note at the beginning of each article stating something like, "This article, originally posted by me, was stolen by XXX. It belongs to me and was copyright by me in 2009 (or whenever)." Good luck, and thank you for bringing Egg Van to my attention. I'll add it to the list.

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    2. You're welcome. I would do that if I had my own blog, but right now I'm finding that BlogJob is profitable with my AdSense and Amazon affiliate account. Maybe I'll do that in the future.

      Apparently, the thief has been around for quite a long time. Take a look at this - http://beefycow.com.cutestat.com/

      I posted a note through Disqus about it on cutestat.com, and they removed my comment.Nice, huh? I guess I wasn't supposed to 'Disqus' it. Cutestat.com just posts the info and 'Disqus' really doesn't care if a site is legit or legal. Take a look at the stats. The creep only earns 15 cents per day! The site is work less than $9.00. They shouldn't even earn that at our expense. Karma will get them.

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