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Do I need to purchase a license if I mean to copyright my work?

  1. midget38 profile image90
    midget38posted 4 years ago

    Hi Hub Pages, thanks for always answering my questions so promptly. Sorry to ask another... Do I have to purchase a license if I mean to copy right my work on Hub pages? Thanks !

    1. wilderness profile image93
      wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I'm not HP, but your hub is copyrighted as soon as you hit the "publish" button.  There is no need to do it again.

      It won't stop the thieves (nothing will) but it makes it easier to get stolen work unpublished as site owners and google will (usually) work with you to protect your copyright.

      1. recommend1 profile image70
        recommend1posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        In the various threads about copied works I have never seen this site owners ever get involved or help in any way.  Where do you get this information from ?

        1. Dale Hyde profile image86
          Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          In various forum posts, HP staff members have addressed this issue along with providing on how to go about filing a DMCA in regards to "stolen" works.

          1. recommend1 profile image70
            recommend1posted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Making a post telling hubbers to look after themselves by filing a DMCA can barely be called helping - using their overall position to locate stolen work in general for Hubbers, notifying hubbers about their stolen work with the relevant information etc etc would be "helping"

            1. Dale Hyde profile image86
              Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              You would actually have HP staff searching for each and every hub to see if it has been stolen or published elsewhere? Lol, that is unreal. We are the authors, owners of our material and responsible for some things. HP provides us a place to publish and earn income. I don't need them to go much further in holding my hand. Simple guidance is what you teach people in regards how they can help themselves. Doing it for them teaches them nothing.

              There are many free tools out there that will let you search to see if your material is published elsewhere, by the way. Easy to do by copy/paste of material and/or URL.

              1. recommend1 profile image70
                recommend1posted 4 years ago in reply to this

                This is a bit of a non-starter argument really - you are happy looking after yourself, and maybe posting a 'heads-up' if you notice a site stealing your stuff.  But there are x number of thousands of hubbers and loads of their work is being copied and stolen without their knowledge because they do not visit these fundamental kristian infested forums unless they have a reason to ask a question.  For HP to scan for the major sites that copy and steal as their normal practice hardly seems onerous, and sending an email around with general warnings etc is hardly more difficult than typing this post.

                On my own website I use the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, this both registers the copyright and details the various uses I allow.

                1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                  Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  In the past, HP has explained that the service they use to scan for stolen Hubs costs money, and it would be prohibitively expensive for them to run it for everyone.  They do run scans on high-traffic sub-domains, but not frequently (again, due to cost).

                2. Nouveau Skeptic profile image72
                  Nouveau Skepticposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Only the rights holder can file the DMCA, in this case that would be the author.

                  Registering your copyright doesn't really help this process.  You send the DMCA and they either obey it or they don't.  It is useful only if you plan to sue for financial damages n a US court.

                  A creative commons license just provides information, it has no real effect in terms of enforcement.  It does not register your copyright.  Only the US copyright office can do that and only their registry has legal standing.

                  If you are not happy looking after your stuff you need to write for a different type of company.  The deal is what the deal is.

          2. midget38 profile image90
            midget38posted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks once again, Dale! I'll go about filing for a DCMA.

      2. midget38 profile image90
        midget38posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for the assurance! Really appreciate that!

    2. Hyphenbird profile image93
      Hyphenbirdposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The author has an automatic copyright. Sadly, thieves don't care. I register all of my work at myfreecopyrightdotcom. That way I can prove it is mine if the need ever arises. They document the date and time. It makes me feel better even if I never need it.

      1. midget38 profile image90
        midget38posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks hyphen bird.........really appreciate this link!! Will look into this for sure! Thanks again!

      2. Dale Hyde profile image86
        Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for that! I just registered and validated my account there. I did one copyright and will do more tomorrow as time allows. Very simple and effective.

 
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