How To Use MyFreeCopyRight - My Free Copyright com
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
How to use MyFreeCopyRight.com
To protect a Web Page, Blog Entry, Poem, Song Lyrics or other written content
- Register at MyFreeCopyRight.com and verify your account.
- Create your web page or hub and leave space for a small image and two lines of text below it.
- Once the content is published immediately go to MyFreeCopyRight.com
- Up top click on "My Copyrights"
- Click on "Protect My Content"
- Click on "Web Page"
- Enter the URL to your web page, blog entry, hub or lens.
- Click on "Protect"
- 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.
- 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
- Up top click on "My Copyrights"
- About the middle of the page just below where it says "Your Username's Registered and Protected" click on "Web Pages"
- Locate your newest entry, you may have to use the pagination navigation below, and click on the entry.
- Copy the HTML code from the text box.
- Paste the HTML code into your web page or blog.
- You will receive an E-Mail with your contents MyFreeCopyRight information, save it in case it is latter needed.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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>
- 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.
- 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"
- From the home page up top click on "My Copyrights"
- Click on "Protect My Creation"
- Next click on "Blog / Podcast"
- In the "Site Feed URL" box enter the URL to your RSS feed.
- 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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By Anthony Goodley ©Anthony Goodley 2010 All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
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