For the first time ever a company has offered me £50 to use an excerpt from one of my hubs (Yay!) They've e-mailed me an agreement with a copyright notice to be signed. The format for the copyright notice is: Copyright © _____ by _________________ I wonder if anyone can help, as I'm a complete idiot about this. The first blank is a date? This year? Or the year the hub was published? The second longer blank is my name, my username, or HubPages? I'm guessing I just use the copyright notice at the end of the hub ie: Copyright © 2011 - by - Greensleeves Hubs. Is that right? Please help! :)
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Thanks Tim. I always worry with these things if a wrong legal phraseology invalidates my copyright in some way. But I guess from what you say I'm worrying about nothing.
They're only using a small excerpt - anyway, a £50 payoff will be worth it! :)
Thanks Eric. All I'm really concerned with is if there is such a thing as a 'correct' and 'incorrect' (wrong) copyright notice? I should include the original publication date? Does it matter what name I use, as long as it identifies me as the author?
Thanks Demas - you mean the copyright notice at the end of your hubs, broadly similar to HP's own notice? I have looked at the forums and can't find a sufficiently specific answer. In my example above, should it be © 2011 (by) Greensleeves Hubs ?