What's the Deal?
I let Google know
I am writing this because I'm slightly baffled at what I received in my email from Google removals. Here is what it said:
Thanks for reaching out to us.
It is unclear to us what the specific copyrighted work or works are that you are asserting have been infringed. Could you please provide more detail by identifying the work or a representative list of works? It would be helpful if you could provide us with a link to the original source of the copyrighted work. Once we understand better what your contentions are, we'll be able to further investigate the issue and take the appropriate actions.
The Google Team"
I Wasn't Specific Enough, I Get It
And let me say this upfront: I thought I made my complaint clear, but perhaps it wasn't.
When I first issued a DMCA complaint against HubPages, I was hoping the Google removals team would understand my preemptive complaint. [I cannot post any of my 293 articles that were on Squidoo because they will trigger the duplicate content filters on here].
The one I rewrote (from my original Squidoo article titled Summertime & Our House Finch Chicks is still on HubPages). I posted it on Paw, Mane 'n Fin [also run by the InfoBarrel guys] and is renamed as Our Porch Light Became a Home for a House Finch Family.
I can't tell you how unfair it is that I cannot use my original work. And to completely rewrite 293 articles? Come on. So yes, Google removals team, I am writing this for you and for others who will probably come forth with similar complaints.
Here's the proof that Squidoo HQ knew of my intentions. One statement by a fellow writer (made on my behalf):
"One fellow lensmaster, sousababy, intends to leave her account up until close to midnight August 31st with intent of being paid for August."
And It's Still Shown Publicly
You can find those comments on the original announcement made Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Corey Brown titled Important Update on the HubPages Transition. If you Sort by Newest, they are the 14th and 15th comments. Of course, now they state: "2 months ago" as the posted date.
Yet, since Squidoo removed their Terms of Service [I still have a copy of it], I decided to take another screenshot of it today (November 4th, 2014) shown next.
Also important also to point out (in that August 22nd, 2014 post) is this statement by Corey Brown:
"...your account and pages will be moved automatically to HubPages beginning on September 2nd."
As of November 4th, 2014
Same screenshot proof (Squidoo knew my intentions)
Notice the Date Stamp (2 Months Ago)
Why didn't I post it you might wonder? Because Squidoo HQ banned me from being able to post my concerns. I'm guessing they banned anyone who protested.
In fact, in Corey Brown's August 28th, 2014 post titled Reminder: HubPages Opt Out Deadline is Tomorrow, he advises this:
"If you experience any issues, please file a bug report so we can address it as quickly as possible. Thanks!"
Bug reports were ignored - we all knew that on Squidoo. Only certain people had their complaints addressed. This is why my friend TanoCalvanoa posted that comment for me.
And let me remind you once again that Corey Brown stated:
"Everything is on track for the timeline to begin converting accounts on Tuesday, September 2nd."
Another Person Who Could Not Contact Squidoo
"I can't file a bug report or contact support anymore..."
So, Just Before Midnight on August 31st, 2014
I tried to access my account on Squidoo but couldn't:
Dear Google Removals Team
I also filed an IC3 report immediately
When I discovered my identity, profile information and all 293 of my former Squidoo lenses [articles] were on HubPages - I was shocked.
I made other efforts to let SquidTeam members know of my intentions, even Susan Deppner in her August 22nd post on Google Plus titled UPDATE (Friday): Critical information and dates for the Squidoo/Hubpages transition.
Here is what transpired (also included in my article Sorry Seth Godin | Did I Make a Ruckus?):
"I will not be able to delete my entire Squidoo account until August 31st, 2014 at 11:50 pm ET (since I'll be on vacation). What about all the people who have been on vacation before all of these announcements that Squidoo sold out?"
Ms. Deppner responded:
"Their lenses will be transferred over to HubPages, they'll get an email, then they can either set up an account or delete the lenses from there."
"I refuse to click any link or button - since if my lenses are moved = theft of my content. Let Squidoo IT guys know that I will be videotaping my attempt to delete MY content on August 31st, 2014 at 11:50 pm so I can retain my "maximum" payout OWED to me for ALL of July and August. I was never asked if I wanted my content on HubPages and I never gave my permission. A Squidoo URL is simply an address."
Ms. Deppner stated:
"Feel free to send something to Corey. I have nothing to do with any of that."
"Can you let me know his address then? Bonnie did not allow me to contact anyone and apparently "Gil" was assigned specifically to deal with me (after I reported the blackhat linking scam that numerous people were involved in). Thanks in advance Susan."
Ms. Deppner stopped corresponding with me for 27 minutes. Eventually, I told her after waiting 12 minutes that I'd be offline. I really had to pee.
Ms. Deppner finally wrote:
"The best I can do for you, Rose, is to refer you to the official post that is linked above."
So, I wrote to +Susan Deppner (addressing her only on Google Plus). But, she blocked me from responding to her specifically. So, I wrote the following:
"Gee Susan, Bonnie banned me from commenting everywhere but on my own lenses, so I can't.
Odd that you can relay the message for me (since you work with these folks). Anyways, since I'm boarding a plane (and leaving the computer behind) I'm asking that someone else might let him know.
Of course I will be videotaping my attempt to delete my entire account on August 31st at 11:50 pm ET (for legal purposes). That way, I can get ALL of my deserved income from Squidoo (50%) that is held in escrow for me.
I refuse to click on any button or link to make $ for Seth et. al. I own my content. A Squidoo URL is simply an address. To move my work without my express permission (by altering a URL) is theft."
I gather that once Susan Deppner realized she couldn't delete legitimate concerns of mine, she unblocked me - but not without calling me a liar first. (Guess only Google, her, and I know the truth).
So, I wrote her back:
"Oh gee, Susan, I guess you unblocked me now. Thanks. Still very odd that you cannot let Corey Brown know for me - nor that Bonnie told you (I guess) that I cannot comment on any HQ posts. Bon voyage!"
Within 24 Hours, I Filed an IC3 Report
On September 13th, 2014, HubPages emailed me:
After jumping hoop-after-hoop to ensure the SquidTeam (and fellow writers) knew that I did NOT consent to having my content moved to HubPages (nor my user information, photos, videos, and user information being "sold" to Paul Edmondson et al.), the first email I received from HubPages arrived on September 13th, 2104.
It remains unopened and simply states in the subject line:
sousababy: Your Lenses Have Been Imported! [See screenshot next].
I also received emails from HubPages that I had accolades and awards, followers, and even fan mail. Strange since I never joined HubPages.
Carefully, I documented my IC3 report to help others who wish to do the same. You have up to "6 months" to claim that you "first realized you were defrauded." There is a drop down menu that ranges from "1 week" to "6 months." That means, by February 15th, 2015.
Receiving Stolen Property is a Crime
California Penal Code 496 PC
18. GOVERNING LAW
These Terms will be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
Well, sorry Paul Edmondson et al., but according to Shouse Law Group, California's receiving stolen property law (Penal Code 496), imposes harsh criminal penalties on people who:
- sell, or
- withhold from the owner
any property that they know has been stolen.
So, Google Removal Team and the IC3
Money Changed Hands. This is theft and it is illegal.
I hope this explains why I need to have my content back. All 293 of my articles now on HubPages are there without my express permission.
Wonder if money changed hands? Yes, it definitely did (although writers never saw any of it). In WriterFox's article Seth Godin's Failed Squidoo Site Sells Out to HubPages it states:
"I asked Marina Lazarevic, Product and Quality Manager for HubPages, if money actually changed hands in the acquisition. Her answer was yes."
I will proceed to file another DCMA complaint that lists all 293 articles of mine (or write multiple complaints, I suppose).
I just felt that you, the Google Removals Team and the IC3 needed this succinct list of what's transpired. I also wrote this to help others come forth.
"In the event that the Agreement is terminated by you (pursuant to HubPages’ receipt of your written termination notice) the entire amount of an earned balance in your account will be permanently forfeited by you (and you hereby waive any claim relating to the dispute of such payment and disclaim any and all interest in such funds)."
For writers online (and most of us don't make much money), this above clause needs to be found null and void.
I never joined HubPages.