Saturday evening September 13th, 2014
Out of the blue, this showed up in my email inbox
Appalling isn't it?
What do you think?
Well, I must admit, I thought HubPages would try to contact me first to obtain my permission before publicly posting my work (with their ads) on them.
I guess not - perhaps they feel the law doesn't apply to them.
As you know, Squidoo announced this transfer was going to happen without ever asking once if writers even wanted their content on HubPages.
I'm shocked at how many people have just gone along with it. I have a theory as to why: they want their "link juice." And from reporting numerous people on Squidoo over the years, there was a lot of blackhat linking schemes going on and manipulation of the lensrank system on there.
My reports were mostly ignored, though. So I began writing on InfoBarrel and haven't looked back since.
Screenshot (for legal purposes)
Things You Should Know
Why I didn't want my work on HP
According to HubPages own Term of Use (see screenshot above), they state:
HubPages does not claim ownership of Your Hub Content or Author Content. Such content will be owned by You or a third party from whom You got permission to post the content.
Right, I own my content and never once gave my permission to HubPages to use it. Yet HubPages also states:
By posting Hub Content on the Service, You grant HubPages a worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license, for as long as Your Hub is displayed on HubPages and for a commercially reasonable time thereafter, to reproduce, publicly display, publicly perform, distribute, modify, adapt and publish the Hub Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting Your Hub on or in connection with the Service.
Here's the thing: I never posted anything on HubPages. Therefore, I never granted HubPages a worldwide, royalty-free, blah blah blah for any "commercially reasonable time."
Inactivity on HubPages
Did you know you forfeit your earnings?
I find it odd that HubPages will keep all of your earnings if your balance hasn't changed for over 6 months or if you haven't collected your earnings in over 6 months.
I had to laugh at condition d) shown below that states: "You have not responded to attempts to contact you..."
HubPages failed to contact me to ask my permission to publicly display my content, though. So I can't see them making an effort to contact me (or you) to say, "You have money here that belongs to you, do you want it? Or can we just keep it?"
HubPages Keeps Your Money
If there's no change to your balance in over 6 months
Oh and It Gets Worse
Did you know that HubPages also states:
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 forfeit by You (and You hereby waive any claim relating to the dispute of such payment and disclaim any and all interest in such funds).
How Can This Be Legal?
One More Thing
HubPages can change the payment terms anytime
Yeah, they state:
HubPages reserves the right to modify the Impression program and/or HubPages Earnings program, including without limitation the percentage share or payment structure, at any time in its sole discretion.
and further along:
By using the Impression services, You acknowledge and agree that HubPages will not be responsible for, and will not be obligated in any manner to repay You for, any lost earnings.
Here's Your Proof
So, I Decided to File a Complaint with the
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
I felt it wise to take screenshots of it to help others who may wish to do the same.
The information that you must provide in order to launch a complaint to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) are: first and last name, age, gender, address, city, country, zip code / route, phone number, and email address.
Here is What I Submitted
For Description of the Incident
Dear IC3 committee,
My videotaped attempt to delete account
Squidoo August 31st at midnight - Sept 1, 2014
I've Never Commented on HubPages
Yet they awarded me a "Commenter Accolade"?
Notice that HubPages Editor wrote: "sousababy: You have published 100 Hubs!" (underlined in red) when I never have published anything (ever) on HubPages.