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Is MyFreeCopyRight.com a scam?

Before using MyFreeCopyRight.com, MFC, be sure to read this first section first as the site is under new owners and taking very questionable actions with user accounts!

Recently I went to login to my MFC account only to be told I didn't have an account at all. So I emailed them thinking it must be some kind of glitch hoping to get it fixed. I've waited, and waited and waited. Still no response back from them after about 3 weeks now.

Today I dug a little deeper and discovered first a web page where the old owner of MFC, Matt Whittaker, had left a comment. The last comment there linked to another web page that says MFC was bought by a new Hong Kong owner who deleted all accounts created prior to June 2012. It also said the website wasn't responding to any E-Mails and this once useful website has now entered into the territory of being quite questionable and possibly now a scam. See: Is MyFreeCopyRight.com a Scam?

Any website that will in mass delete all user accounts for no reason whatsoever and then fail to respond to any E-Mail enquirers definitely doesn't deserve to have any users. It's motives for doing so are highly questionable and very disrespectful to it's users at a minimum. I hate to imagine the worst case scenario if they really are up to no good.

I'm going to keep up the below guide on "How To Use MyFreeCopyRight.com" as it ranks #1 on Google for the quoted keywords for several reasons.

  1. Because this hub ranks #1 on Google when users are trying to learn how to use MFC I can hopefully stop a lot of people from possibly failing prey to a scam.
  2. If I was to remove all the instructions below this hub may no longer retain it's #1 ranking and thus I would no longer be in a position to stop people from doing something stupid.
  3. By adding some new keyword phrases to this hub such as: "Is MyFreeCopyRight.com a scam" I can gain some new search engine rankings to help limit the damage done to new users.
  4. I did put a lot of effort into writing this hub and it is very useful to those who are stupid enough to use this web site going forward.
  5. If a person is dumb enough to use MFC then why let all my hard work go to waste? If a person is determined to do something stupid and I haven't changed your mind by now then nothing will I suppose.

Just remember that when I created this "How To" the website was owned and operated in a much different manner than it is now. I leave this up to draw attention to this problem, not to encourage you to use MFC.

Quite the opposite, use MFC only if the two brain cells left in your brain are short circuiting, your really whacked out on something illegal and just don't care or you love to gamble with the content you worked so hard to create. To be perfectly clear, I'm now of the opinion that under the new owner that MyFreeCopyRight.com IS A SCAM! BEWARE!!

The way the new owner is operating MyFreeCopyRight.com brings up several questions that you should think about.

  • Is MyFreeCopyRight.com a scam? Read up above for my opinion!
  • Why did MyFreeCopyRight.com delete all user accounts created prior to Jun 2012?
  • Why won't MyFreeCopyRight.com respond to users E-Mails pertaining to their account deletion?
  • What does the new owner of MyFreeCopyRight.com intend to do with all the content that gets submitted to their site?

If you came here looking to find out how to use MyFreeCopyRight.com the best answer I can give you is not to!

How To Use MyFreeCopyRight.com

The copyright services MyFreeCopyright offers are not official and may, or may not, help you in a court room. With that said I do think there are still several other benefits to using this free service.

Most of us can't afford to file an official copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office for every picture, blog post and article we post online. This would be very expensive. How much of your content earns you any decent money? Maybe 1 in 10 items that you create is my bet. Another problem you never know which piece of content is worth the added expense up front. Initial filing costs range between $35 and $50 depending upon method used. U.S. Copyright law states that original content that is published is automatically copyrighted. This applies to "literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture" published online. By officially registering your content you gain the advantage of being able to sue for statutory damages and attorney's fees. For more information on U.S. copyright law go read the FAQ.

Benefits Of Using MyFreeCopyright.com services

  • One major factor in proving your content is the original, and not a copy, is being able to prove date of publication. It stands to reason that the first person to publish content online is most likely the original owner, but this may not always be the case. MFC automatically records the date and time when you submit your new article. This is done in an effort to prove the original date of publication. If someone was to try to register your content as their own this could be considered fraud.
  • MyFreeCopyRight creates a digital fingerprint of your content using a hash function . Every piece of content registered with MFC will have a unique digital fingerprint.
  • When you use MyFreeCopyRight to protect a Web Page, Blog entry or other text it saves the full text of the web page automatically. I feel this aspect could also be very helpful in a copyright infringement dispute.
  • You can link to the electronic record for your content on MyFreeCopyRight.com to show would be thieves that you understand copyright law and have taken proactive measures to protect your content. In my opinion this is one of the best uses for MFC. So many users online think everything on the internet is free for the taking, or that they will never get caught. By using this free service you are both educating and discouraging thieves with a simple link. Enforcing your copyright can be time consuming if you do this on your own, with no direct monetary gain to be had. So anything that discourages copyright infringement is worthwhile in my opinion.
  • MyFreeCopyRight is an independent 3rd part that is providing an unofficial Non-Repudiation service. Weather or not a court of law or someone like Google would recognize and accept this as evidence in a DMCA claim I'm not sure about. Any evidence is better than none though, right?
  • Once you setup an account it only takes a few minutes to register new content with MFC. If you have a blog or other content that is broadcast via a RSS feed, then you can use that to automatically add your new content to MyFreeCopyRight as well.
  • You can protect images, photos, lyrics, music, poems, articles and any web page including or HTML code using MyFreeCopyRight.

Negative Aspects of using MyFreeCopyRight

  • This service isn't official like spending money to register your content with the U.S. Copright office would be. I'm not sure how much it would help in a DMCA dispute or court case to try and use MFC collected data as evidence.
  • Every single change on your content will cause the fingerprint to differ. Each and every comment, or your content changing due to the use of a RSS Feed to keep your web page fresh with new content, further changes the live content from the original hashed fingerprint that was saved. The only way I see to update your content's saved information on MyFreeCopyRight.com is to delete it and re add it again which will create a new date and time of publication. For this reason I don't worry about my content differing from the digital fingerprint as the full text was also saved. As long as the live content is pretty similar to the saved text I don't see that it matters. The U.S. Copyright Office doesn't require a person to reregister content for minor changes.

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How to use MyFreeCopyRight.com

To protect a Web Page, Blog Entry, Poem, Song Lyrics or other written content

  1. Register at MyFreeCopyRight.com and verify your account.
  2. Create your web page or hub and leave space for a small image and two lines of text below it.
  3. Once the content is published immediately go to MyFreeCopyRight.com
  4. Up top click on "My Copyrights"
  5. Click on "Protect My Content"
  6. Click on "Web Page"
  7. Enter the URL to your web page, blog entry, hub or lens.
  8. Click on "Protect"
  9. On the next page click where it says "Would you like to use a Creative Commons license?" if you wish to license your content under one of the creative commons license. By default a standard copyright is applied.
  10. On the next page you should see a small MyFreeCopyRight logo with your contents unique MCN number below it. Just below that you should see a text box with HTML code within it. Copy all of the HTML code there and go to your web page or blog and paste it in. If you don't see this code for whatever reason then go to step 11 to locate your contents information. Otherwise skip steps #11 - #15
  11. Up top click on "My Copyrights"
  12. About the middle of the page just below where it says "Your Username's Registered and Protected" click on "Web Pages"
  13. Locate your newest entry, you may have to use the pagination navigation below, and click on the entry.
  14. Copy the HTML code from the text box.
  15. Paste the HTML code into your web page or blog.
  16. You will receive an E-Mail with your contents MyFreeCopyRight information, save it in case it is latter needed.

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Special Instructions for HubPages.com users

You will not be able to use the HTML code as given. We are not allowed to create links from images. Instead do this as it is the next best thing in my opinion.

  1. After you save the HTML code also save a copy of the small MyFreeCopyRight logo to later upload to a photo capsule. Typically you right click and "save image as" in most browsers, or something similar.
  2. Upload the MFC logo to a photo capsule and set size to 1/4, otherwise it will become pixelated if it is displayed larger. I find that setting the display size to 1/4 works best.
  3. Place a text capsule just below the photo capsule. I use some text like: 1st line: ©Anthony Goodley 2010 All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
    2nd line: MyFreeCopyRight.com Registered And Protected. If you know how to use HTML code then click where it says "HTML" and add a <br> tag to tidy it all up so you don't have the big space between the lines. Or you could copy / paste the text from mine to get the right code then in the HubPages HTML editor just change the name and MCN number in the link parts.
  4. You could stop here but I strongly feel it is best to create a hyperlink to show would be thieves your content is really protected to discourage them.
  5. Left click with your mouse and highlight the words "MyFreeCopyRight Registered And Protected". Then click on the chain icon to create a link from this anchor text.
  6. Extract the URL portion from the HTML code. The part You need here is in bold: <a href='http://www.myfreecopyright.com/registered_mcn/WD12L_6Y3XS_J81DF' title='MyFreeCopyright.com Registered & Protected'><img src='http://storage.myfreecopyright.com/mfc_protected.png' alt='MyFreeCopyright.com Registered & Protected' title='Copyright Protected' width='145px' height='38px' border='0'/></a>
  7. In the new popup paste in just the URL portion of the HTML code from the last step that is similar to this (Your MCN number, the underlined part of the URL, will be different) to the "Link URL" line:http://www.myfreecopyright.com/registered_mcn/WD12L_6Y3XS_J81DF Optional:I prefer to also go to the advanced settings and force the link to open in a new tab or window.
  8. Save and your all done.

Using a RSS Feed with MyFreeCopyRight.com

Ok this method is really simple to use, It works automatically once you enter the RSS Feed's URL one time. The downside is that it doesn't save a complete copy of the text, just the Meta Description Tag. For HubPage users this would be what most of you know as the "Summary Text"

  1. From the home page up top click on "My Copyrights"
  2. Click on "Protect My Creation"
  3. Next click on "Blog / Podcast"
  4. In the "Site Feed URL" box enter the URL to your RSS feed.
  5. Your all done!

Special Instructions for HubPages.com users

I'm sure many of you are wondering where do you get this RSS feed from, am I right? It is quite simple. Just go to your profile page and copy the URL that the link "Subscribe to MyWebs's RSS feed" leads to. It is located along the top right side part of your profile. The URL should look like this, but with your username instead of mine:http://mywebs.hubpages.com/hubs/latest?rss

I prefer to use both the RSS method in case I forget to manually add a new hub to my account at MyFreeCopyRight.com in addition to the much better method of manually adding a URL too since it saves the full text of my content. Since you only have to add the RSS feed once, do that when you first register an account. It will automatically register any preexisting content you have. Any new content seems to get added via the RSS feed once per day around 1am PST.

Update: According to Edweirdo the RSS feed only adds the last 10 preexisting articles or hubs the first time. So if you have more than 10 you will need to manually add them via the URL method.

I would like to thank Edweirdo for asking me to write this hub. He said he couldn't locate any good information about how to use this service. Hopefully I have filled that void.

I have tried hard to explain this well, but should you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below.


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How To Use MyFreeCopyRight.com Comments 26 comments

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Edweirdo 6 years ago from United States

Excellent hub, MyWebs!!!

Thanks so much for this - it's way more helpful than the "help" information on the MFC website :D

Just one thing you might want to clarify - I have found that when I used the RSS option at initial signup, only my last 10 hubs from the "latest" RSS feed were added - anything prior to that needs to be individually submitted via the hub URL method...

The MFC website states that they detect updates to web pages. That doesn't seem to be the case when using the RSS method - I have edited the content of a couple of the hubs submitted via RSS, and never received an automated email to reflect the changes.

I haven't gotten around to adding individual pages via the URL method, but since you have: Do you receive updated hash info via email for hubs that have changed?


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Thanks for your insight about how the RSS feed works on MFC, I will update this hub with that info soon.

All I know is that during the time I've been using MFC it has only noticed changes to my hubs a couple of times or so. I'm not sure if it was from the URL or RSS method that detected the changes as I use both. Since I often make minor changes to my hubs to keep them fresh for Google, I know MFC isn't very good at detecting these changes.


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Richieb799 6 years ago from Cardiff, Wales UK

This is very useful for future reference, especially if I get a big earning hub


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

I would suggest using this for all your hubs as you never know when you hit the publish button which one will be the big money earner or rank high on Google. Once a hub does well someone will probably be trying to steal it just as fast.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Hey, Anthony.

This is the first time I'm learning about MFC, so thanks for that. I had no idea that something like this even existed. From the looks of it, I think that this hub is going to be a "big earner" for you. Here's to your success! Oh, I bookmarked this too by the way. Awesome work.

Dohn


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Hi Dohn,

I only made this hub to answer Edweirdo's request and did no keyword research. If it makes me a dime I'll be surprised, but I hope your right. I'm glad you find this useful Dohn. Thanks for swinging by.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Hi, MyWebs, this is very useful information - thank you for sharing it.


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Thanks drbj, I'm glad to share. :)


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tfhodge 6 years ago from California - U.S.A.

Very informative and helpful. Thank you.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Thanks for the great and detailed report of copyrights. Peace :)


wordscribe41 6 years ago

Bookmarked... I've been wondering how to do this, now I know. Thanks for the great information, very thorough directions which I appreciate. Rated UP!


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Thanks everyone for the comments. I'm glad this is helpful to you.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

This is exciting, great and necessary information, mywebs. Thanks so much for sharing with us!


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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

Awesome hub! This is why I'm following you.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

rated up & useful + bookmarked. Thanks for the info, plan on using today...


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sidclark 6 years ago

awesome hub mate, I'm a newbie on this one. So this information really help!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great information. Rated up, useful and bookmarked. Thanks


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bestwriter01 6 years ago from india

thanks buddy.but i want to place speedy ads on my hub.how can i do this?


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LindaJM 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

This is the first I've heard of this service, and I very much appreciate the information. Last year I had one of my blogs ported into another site without attribution, and had a terrible time convincing that site owner that he was violating my copyright. He seemed to think that unless my blog had a copyright statement on it - there was no copyright! He eventually did take down my content - but not until I'd spent considerable time and emotion on the issue.


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

@bestwriter01 I have no idea what speedy ads are. It's safe to say that if it involves using code then you won't be able to do that here.

@LindaJM I mostly use MyFreeCopyRight to help discourage thieves from ever stealing my content in the first place. It is debatable how much help they would be in an actual DMCA claim. It sure can't hurt any though.


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Ann Marie Dwyer 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Thank you for sharing. I was looking into the legitimacy of the site and found your hub. Well written and informative. Thank you, Red.


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mbyL 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

I just signed up for MFC and I will now use your advice on how to do it because I have been having troubles with the HTML thing. thanks! SHARED Voted Up and Useful!


John 4 years ago

Do NOT use MyFreeCopyright service now after June 2012 - they are totally ignoring all service requests and its so fishy it stinks- thanks to writer of this article for posting the SCAM alert for MyFreeCopyright - what are they doing with the old and new content? Who is to say all the content uploaded previous to June 2012 has been deleted? Who owns the new MFC site? So many questions none with satisfactory answers.


modenode 4 years ago

My account was deleted on MFC ..I was away for a few months every thing I had floating around during these few months or weeks how ever long my account has been gone .Have been sitting there up for grabs with no protection .I talked to a few lawyers today they had told me that this company should have sent me something on paper to begin with..And that its never really been a legitimate form of copy protection .

A year or so ago I felt this was the case anyway and chose to just add junk to my account but decent junk ..after a few years of using my free copy right I seen hints of my junk here in there under creative commons works which may have been just coincidental ..

Who knows no one really cares much to view any thing I would make and post any how

So as my talk with the lawyers gave me new insight ...One thing that came out is if you have something worth something then pay a legitimate company.

What is the folks in HongKong going do with all of our uploads to that site.

So basically MFC has been a a waste of time for me and some other victims ..you can read about just searching google..

And its actually not a vary legal action for a website owner to Remove,View,Edit,or Use user accounts

and with out alerting users of the site change is also not legal

Your best bet is to stay away from there and any site like that

If you cant really afford to copy-rite something than just go with creative commons and trim you works up to a a few hints of it and keep the real master until its time


LS 4 years ago

Thank you for the insight on this matter. This will be very useful to me, considering that I used this website before the sudden change.


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Gladys Familaran 3 years ago

That explained why I can no longer log on to MFC!

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