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A Satirical Examination of HubPages

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Cartoon of Kady and I on couch
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Can it Get Any

More Ridiculous?

Former Squidoo authors who found their identity, profile, and content imported to HubPages might find this comical - especially if you didn't grant permission for Seth Godin to sell your user information and content to Paul Edmondson.

Which I think was everyone on Squidoo.

As you know, on January 15th HubPages officially ended the grace period they promised to former Squids even though the grace period ended November/December 2014 for some people. I've already explained my theories why HubPages unfeatured them.

But this week, I was hoping that all 293 of my articles would be unfeatured. I never joined HubPages and I publicly protested the importation of my work numerous times.

Members of the SquidTeam, HubPages, the IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center), Level 3 Communications, Brian Britton, Google, and Consumer Affairs know about what has transpired.

Note: It's free to file a report with Consumer Affairs and the IC3 (you can claim monetary losses). I take you step-by-step through the forms and you are welcome to use the links to my articles and/or screenshot proof as supporting evidence.

January 15th, 2015

At 3:05 pm ET

I checked my illegally posted HubPages profile and saw that only one of my articles had been removed. 

In my email, I found the following letter. My thoughts are italicized and bolded in square brackets like I did with Corey Brown's post:

A link to your Hub: sousababy (dot) hubpages (dot) com/hub/neverstartsmoking

Hi sousababy,

As you are part of the HubPages community [no I'm not, I never joined or agreed to this transfer], we want you to succeed [make money for us], so we want to let you know that your Hub has been unpublished because it is Overly Promotional [Really? Unlike your obnoxious flashing ads shown next].

Flashing Ad on HubPages

 

If this is the first time you've gotten an email like this [yes it is, except for the one that you imported my work and one from Sue Adams], don't worry! [Oh, I'm not worried, but I think YOU should be Paul].

First email from HubPages Sept. 13, 2014

Sue Adams email on HubPages letterhead

You'll have an opportunity to fix it [For who? The scrapers and plagiarists?]

Overly Promotional means that one or more of the following is true about your Hub.

It:

*Solely or excessively promotes another site, product, or service [like HubPages does]

*Over-uses words or phrases that disrupt the Hub’s readability, which may include repeated emphasis of phrases with bold or italics [like your spammy line attached to former Squid's comments?]

TanoCalvenoa's comments linked to spammy line

*Links more than 2 times to a single domain

*Gives a short teaser and a link to "read more" or "continue" [like "Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages account"]  

*Links to a page that contains largely the same content as your Hub
*Has excessive Amazon or eBay capsules [like HubPages puts at the top of the page]

HubPages showing Amazon ads


When you are finished editing your Hub so that it complies with our Terms of Use [which I read and was appalled at - which is why I never joined], please click the "Submit for Publication" button. We will then review your Hub and publish it if it is no longer in violation [so the scrapers and plagiarists can have fun with it].

Please note that repeated violations will result in the banning of your account [Really? What's a girl have to do to get banned then? I'm intrigued].

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with our Terms of Use [Oh I did long time ago and I think much of it is illegal] and our Learning Center before publishing again [hey, I never published it on HubPages, it was a purple star lens on Squidoo]:

http://hubpages (dot) com/help/user_agreement
http://hubpages (dot) com/learningcenter/publishing-standards#txtd_22732854

Sincerely [Sincerely?]
The HubPages Team

Seth and Paul figuring out what if
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel / All rights reserved
Seth and Paul come to my house to force me to click
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel / All rights reserved

Sometime Later on January 15th, 2015

Later, I noticed another automated email (with all the same reasons) for unfeaturing another article of mine. Then a day or two later, some more were unfeatured.

I was hoping it meant I could put those ones on InfoBarrel now. That is, if the scrapers and plagiarists haven't worked them over to death already.

In HubPages forum, these are the explanations[5] I found of what unfeatured means:

"They become unpublished/draft, not deleted. They'll still be in your account where you can edit, republish, or delete them. There's no time limit on drafts/unpublished hubs; they can sit there forever if you want."

and

"Unpublished Hubs are not moderated and are not seen by anyone. Most Hubbers have at least a handful of Hubs that are in-progress and have never been published. I have some with zero content because I just wanted to reserve the title until I get around to writing something. Until a Hub is published, there is nothing to moderate so don't worry about unpublished Hubs."

What About Those 301 Redirects?

Those Prove to Google Who Authored Them

Well, now I have no idea if the 301 redirects (which I never agreed to) will prove to Google that I am the original author of the work.

I suppose I could try to repost my work here on InfoBarrel and see if it triggers the duplicate content filter.

But what if (and I don't trust HubPages), my work is already out there (it probably is) AND someone is promoting it as me on HubPages?

Sound bizarre? It won't when you find out what I discovered.

"Follow the money trail." ~ popularized by the 1976 motion picture All The President's Men

There Were 137 Pins From Sousababy

Now There Are Only 31 On This Phony Account

31 Pins from someone pretending to be me
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel (formerly sousababy on Squidoo)

Found This and Screenshot Autosaved as

31 Rosemary Webster on Pinterest (I'm watching this)

31 Rosemary Webster Pinterest Account (not mine)
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel

The Facebook Account Associated With It

Has a Date of Birth Which Coincides With HP Transfers

Rosemary Webster Facebook Account with Sept. 16, 2014 as DOB
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel
Cartoon Seth, Paul, and 4-month old baby pinning articles
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel / All rights reserved

So What?

Well, it would appear that following the money trail leads back to HubPages holding our content and our earnings and our tax information in their hands - at all times.

I'm surprised that so many people willingly went along with this transaction. It was illegal when Seth Godin sold content he didn't own. And it was illegal for Paul Edmondson to purchase it.

It Gets Worse for HubPages

The laws of California are fairly strict. Not only was it illegal for Paul Edmondson et al. to buy user information and content from anyone other than the content owners/authors but it's ALSO illegal to receive, conceal, sell, or withhold any property (content) that he knows has been stolen.[1]

What's more, to turn a profit from this content is an even more punishable offence.

My work now on HubPages includes videos.

In an eye-opening article by Joel Landau of the NY Daily News, Art Neill, New Media Rights Founder (California Western School of Law) stated:

"Under the law someone whose material was stolen can sue for damages that range between $750 and $30,000 per piece of content. If someone is found to have willfully infringed the copyright - which requires a very high standard - they can receive up to $150,000 plus attorney fees."

If You Made it This Far 

You have until February 15th, 2015 to file an IC3 report (where you can claim losses). You might be surprised to learn how much your profile page (identity) is worth, according to the Worth Of Web Calculator.

I found out that the HubPages profile of Naiza Oclares (who died in August 2013) was worth $2,116.[3] I don't know if a lawyer or judge would consider this information accurate or not, but I am still trying to get a hold of Naiza's mother. I'm sure she could use the money more than Paul Edmondson et al.

I Wonder How Unconscionable You Find It

That HubPages is Still Posting 297 of Naiza's Lenses[4]

Naiza Oclares HubPages Profile Estimated Worth
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel

As of January 18th, 2015

HubPages is Still Posting 288 of My Articles

My former Squidoo profile and content is still on HubPages
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel (formerly sousababy on Squidoo)
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Comments

Jan 18, 2015 7:46pm
TanoCalvenoa
For satire, this doesn't stray from the truth - but just exposes it and lets everyone see how absurd it is. Very entertaining.
Jan 18, 2015 7:51pm
RoseWrites
Before I wrote it, I consulted the legal books. In a word, yes, satire is legal in the US and Canada. Here's a reference for those who doubt me: http://www.rcfp.org/browse-media-law-resources/digital-journalists-legal-guide/protection-satire-and-parody
Jan 18, 2015 7:53pm
RoseWrites
Thanks for checking it out Jonathan, glad you enjoyed it. Take good care, Rose
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Bibliography

  1. "Receiving Stolen Property California Penal Code 496 PC." Shouse California Law Group. 18/01/2015 <Web >
  2. Joel Landau "Online video piracy continues to frustrate established Internet stars and amateurs." NY Daily News. 18/01/2015 <Web >
  3. "How much is naizalm.hubpages.com worth?." Worth Of Web. 18/01/2015 <Web >
  4. "NAIZA LM Joined 4 months ago? She died in August 2013." HubPages. 18/01/2015 <Web >
  5. "Squidoo Moderation Grace period ends January 15th, 2015 at 12 noon PT." HubPages. 18/01/2015 <Web >

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