I have had several comments about this now. I have never had any problem with people stealing my work. Basically it's because I have this on my home page -
"All my hubs are protected under British and American Copy Right Law. All rights reserved Luke Andrew Marr 2009 © All titles of poems and poems are copy righted. All my work is protected under the 1911 Copy Right Act and the 1956 Copy Right Act which state that the second I have written it down it becomes protected by Copy Right Law. I am also protected under the 1998 Sonny Bono Act which states that my work is protected for 120 years. It is protected by American, English, Australian and many other Copy Right Laws. On top of that I am also protected by the Intellectual Property Law and the Database Right of EU Law. I am also protected by the related author rights thus stated in (Art. 1 Rome; Art. 7.1 Geneva; Art. 1.2 WPPT). Basically, the message here is; don't try and plagiarize because I know my stuff."
If you state it people are less likely to steal your work. Just change my name for yours and change the EU law bit to where you are.
Please do -
Just remember to change the name part because otherwise your hubs belong to me
I have no idea what it is - I just know it protects me...
I spent time today editing every one of my hubs to state they are copyrighted. I didn't want to add 2009 to some of my hubs that are aimed at selling products from amazon (good advice from Nelle).
If you don't add the 2009 bit then the copyright is void. It's because copyright only lasts for a certain amount of time so you need to state the start date.
I'm not sure what the law is outside of the United States, but in the U.S.:
You don't need to adorn it with a copyright notice or register it, etc. A copyright notice may deter some kinds of plagiarism, but certainly not those using scripts to do their work.
A large copyright notice in every hub feels somewhat unprofessional to me (do newspapers or magazines do this?), but it's certainly your prerogative.
I was thinking more along the lines of:
Copyright Sufidreamer 2009. If you steal or copy this work, I will send 300 Spartans round to kick your ass.
On a serious note, Paul Deeds has it right - certainly for Hubs etc., although it may well work as a deterrent.
For books, long magazine articles and any other valuable work, you are best to actually register your work with your national copyright organization. If anybody steals it, you are then entitled to sue them for damages, loss of earnings, and costs.
I am sure that I can find a $500 per hour lawyer
there's the rub.
they know few people will find out, they gamble on the work actually being included in the Register of Copyrights, and if it is, then they gamble on the author actually taking legal action. it costs $25 a pop to register stuff. i have stuff reigstered but have never posted it anywhere because even if it is protected people will still steal it.
they have no shame.
They don't care.
Even if you find it, where would the money come from to sue them?
What if they're in a foreign country far far away?
If they have nothing, then you can get nothing.
It's annoying, but, with digital media, when you put yourself out there, it's bound to happen.
Any original work is deemed copyrighted and theft of it can be pursued in the courts. I'm pretty sure you can only go after loss of revenue. The only thing that filing a formal copyright does is allow you to pursue additional punitive damages and legal costs in court.
And trust me, there are tons of sleazy lawyers out there who take on internet copyright cases on contingency. If they win, they get a percentage. If they don't, they walk away with nothing.
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