I'm a little confused about copywrite rules. If I post something (such as a story) on hubpages, is it possible for someone else to steal it? Should I purchase some sort of copywrite agreement before I post? Thanks for any and all advice. I'm very stupid on this subject!
Although you are own rights to whatever original content you post here, but anyone can copy it. You can place a copyright warning somewhere in the hub but still it can be copied.
No matter how many ways you go about placing copyright on your content, you shouldn't place anything online that you want to keep near and dear.
Bots search the 'net and scrape content for sites, people copy and paste pieces or whole articles and the like. However there are some ways you can prevent or deal with these issues.
*Emailing the owner of the site (many article share sites have thousands of users and are strict about duplicate content - email them directly and they'll usually remove the article if not the entire account.)
*If the site has any type of advert you can file a complaint with the site putting the adverts there and they will lose their account.
*File a DMCA complaint with Google. They take duplicate content seriously and they have a range of ways to get it removed from search engines etc.
*Contact the host of the site. Usually the host wants to avoid any legal issues and may stop hosting the site altogether.
Thank you everyone. I was wondering if this was the case.
Also, if you plan to publish a book on something like kindle or createspace, should you have a copywrite on your material? Can someone still steal it if it has been self-published?
If your work can be proven to have been published before the copier's, then in theory you could sue for breach of Copyright.
Copyright exists automatically on anything any person writes. Proving your ownership of that copyright can be tricky, however.
What many writers do is to mail themselves a copy of their own work - but don't open it when it arrives. This could then be presented in Court as proof of your ownership of Copyright.
That method, called "poor man's copyright" is not a legitimate way to prove you first published it. It can easily be faked.
From the US copyright office:
"The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration."
I don't post any work I will submit to a publisher. Most have a rule that they won't take any previously published material and online is published.
Our work is always at risk of being "borrowed" but even authors have that problem. Nothing keeps others from copying words from a book. It helps to have many friends who are writers and help look out for you but there is always a risk.
It is really a big problem always....and I wonder despite copyright laws it is too difficult to prove ownership of a certain online document.....in the given circumstances I seriously think the advices given by one fellow hubber WryLilt, seems to be better one.Thanks.
by Will Apse8 weeks ago
I haven't tried to have a plagiarized page removed from Google search since the change to the niches. How do we prove ownership if we no longer have access to webmaster tools for our pages? My recent request was...
by cupid516 years ago
Can I post an article to ezinearticles which I have already published in hubpages?
by al derecho8 months ago
I know hubpages prohibits writers from having duplicate content. My problem is understanding what that exactly means. I heard from many that it means writers can't publish content here that already exists elsewhere, but...
by Adam Harkus6 months ago
I've been approached by a number of specialized sites regarding a number of my articles on Guitar product reviews. Obviously I was quite proud and humbled to be even considered to write content for these sites, some of...
by DzyMsLizzy15 months ago
I am writing a new hub, with an educational intent, and I would like to include, in its entirety, a very brief poem by Dorothy Parker.The latest copyright date by her is 1956. (She died in 1967.)The current...
by Jyoti Kothari7 years ago
Yesterday I had seen notice of duplicate content in my hub "Why Americans are in Financial Problem? Part I" that really worried me. This article has been in the first page of google and yahoo search for a very...
Copyright © 2016 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.