There needs to be an automatic button from within the Hubpages dashboard to just turn the new Copyright feature on for all already existing Hubs, and to automatically be on for all future Hubs.
It is quite a pain to go through 100+ previous hubs and turn this on for each Hub.
I completely agree!! I am still going through my hubs to make sure they all have the copyright on. It is such a pain in the backside area. If we could just check the copyright for all our hubs at once, that would be great!!
Another good idea would be to make adding the copyright info the default setting. Instead of having to remember to click on it to have it appear, people who don't want it would have to click to turn it off.
Putting a fraudulent copyright notice on content is a criminal offense. If the notices could be added in bulk or to new Hubs without deliberate intent, it would be easy for an imprudent author to mistakenly put a notice on content that either was not their original work or is not protected by copyright (such as a simple recipe). That's the reason we chose to implement it as we did. We do realize that puts some additional burden on authors that are confident that their every Hub should have the notice, but we are comfortable with that at this time.
Thank you Paul. I didn't even think about how something such as the notice being posted as a default setting could cause someone to accidentally claim copyright by forgetting to turn it off. Thanks for the explanation.
Well, well. An interesting link indeed... I did not know when someone steals one of our hubs that it is an actual criminal offense.
I've seen a few thieves, stealing my work, that I would love to have put behind bars.
Criminal as well it seems. Check out the full page.
Criminal penalties are for movies, music and tangibles.
OK. I'd settle for a..."visit"... from a large hairy individual with a baseball bat instead of jail time.
Jeez, I think you're right. The criminal law protects everyone but us.
Well, the civil law is very good. Here is a link and a quote I often send to plagiarists:
http://blog.seattlepi.com/timothymccorm … nd-letter/
Pay particular attention to this paragraph:
"Under federal law, a copyright owner can be entitled to damages between $750 and $30,000 per infringement. If it is shown that the infringement is willful, the law allows as much as $150,000 per infringement. Each image identified on your website can be considered a separate act of infringement. Recent jury awards have ranged from $675,000 to in excess of $1 million dollars in damages for copyright infringement. Recently, one jury in Western Washington awarded over $1million dollars in damages for the unauthorized use of as few as five photographs. The general theme here is the matter gets worse the longer an infringor puts off dealing with it."
Taking into consideration what Pauldeeds has shared, I think it would make it easier for Hubpages authors with hundreds of hubs to put a simple button to to left of all of the hubs on the stats page (http://hubpages.com/my/hubs/stats). That way the copyright could be flicked on without having to go into the edit screen of every single hub, and it would be easier to see which hubs already have copyright turned on.
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