Hi Hub Pages, thanks for always answering my questions so promptly. Sorry to ask another... Do I have to purchase a license if I mean to copy right my work on Hub pages? Thanks !
I'm not HP, but your hub is copyrighted as soon as you hit the "publish" button. There is no need to do it again.
It won't stop the thieves (nothing will) but it makes it easier to get stolen work unpublished as site owners and google will (usually) work with you to protect your copyright.
In the various threads about copied works I have never seen this site owners ever get involved or help in any way. Where do you get this information from ?
In various forum posts, HP staff members have addressed this issue along with providing on how to go about filing a DMCA in regards to "stolen" works.
Making a post telling hubbers to look after themselves by filing a DMCA can barely be called helping - using their overall position to locate stolen work in general for Hubbers, notifying hubbers about their stolen work with the relevant information etc etc would be "helping"
You would actually have HP staff searching for each and every hub to see if it has been stolen or published elsewhere? Lol, that is unreal. We are the authors, owners of our material and responsible for some things. HP provides us a place to publish and earn income. I don't need them to go much further in holding my hand. Simple guidance is what you teach people in regards how they can help themselves. Doing it for them teaches them nothing.
There are many free tools out there that will let you search to see if your material is published elsewhere, by the way. Easy to do by copy/paste of material and/or URL.
This is a bit of a non-starter argument really - you are happy looking after yourself, and maybe posting a 'heads-up' if you notice a site stealing your stuff. But there are x number of thousands of hubbers and loads of their work is being copied and stolen without their knowledge because they do not visit these fundamental kristian infested forums unless they have a reason to ask a question. For HP to scan for the major sites that copy and steal as their normal practice hardly seems onerous, and sending an email around with general warnings etc is hardly more difficult than typing this post.
On my own website I use the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, this both registers the copyright and details the various uses I allow.
In the past, HP has explained that the service they use to scan for stolen Hubs costs money, and it would be prohibitively expensive for them to run it for everyone. They do run scans on high-traffic sub-domains, but not frequently (again, due to cost).
Only the rights holder can file the DMCA, in this case that would be the author.
Registering your copyright doesn't really help this process. You send the DMCA and they either obey it or they don't. It is useful only if you plan to sue for financial damages n a US court.
A creative commons license just provides information, it has no real effect in terms of enforcement. It does not register your copyright. Only the US copyright office can do that and only their registry has legal standing.
If you are not happy looking after your stuff you need to write for a different type of company. The deal is what the deal is.
Thanks once again, Dale! I'll go about filing for a DCMA.
Thanks for the assurance! Really appreciate that!
The author has an automatic copyright. Sadly, thieves don't care. I register all of my work at myfreecopyrightdotcom. That way I can prove it is mine if the need ever arises. They document the date and time. It makes me feel better even if I never need it.
Thanks hyphen bird.........really appreciate this link!! Will look into this for sure! Thanks again!
Thanks for that! I just registered and validated my account there. I did one copyright and will do more tomorrow as time allows. Very simple and effective.
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