Is a copyright text capsule with a back link to my profile okay?

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    delleaposted 5 years ago

    I've been reading tons of forum posts on HP about their hubs getting scraped and copied by scraper sites around the globe. I was hoping that I could prevent (or at least track) this by adding a simple copyright with my name in a text capsule at the bottom of each hub article I write, and having my name linked to my HP profile. Can anyone, especially HP moderators, look at my hubs and tell me if this is okay? I just want to make sure I'm not violating any "linking laws"...

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image97
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi dellea,

      We generally recommend against this practice because it adds visual clutter to your Hub and does not actually prevent or reduce content theft. Here's our official guide on protecting your content for more information.

      1. Will Apse profile image89
        Will Apseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        That is exactly what Simone would have said but somehow it is not quite the same. Could you wear something strange on your head?

        1. Christy Kirwan profile image97
          Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Alas, I don't think I could ever hope to match the creativity and scope of Simone's hair bows. But I do have some glow-in-the-dark jellyfish earrings I could put on for you! tongue

          1. Will Apse profile image89
            Will Apseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            That is so outlandish, it has to be a winner, lol.

            1. Christy Kirwan profile image97
              Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Sea creatures are my second favorite thing (next to robots)!

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        delleaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Gosh... now I have a lot of work ahead of me in taking all of my copyright statements off... :-(

      3. WryLilt profile image90
        WryLiltposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Christy I'd like to politely disagree. I use a copyright statement in the MIDDLE of some of my oft copied hubs and articles. Since doing so I've seen a drop of up to 50% or more in those articles being copied AND seen other people actually report copied content for me (when it's on forums at least.)

      4. Marisa Wright profile image97
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Have the rules changed?   Last time someone did this, their Hubs got unpublished for "unrelated links" (because your profile isn't a page that isn't on the same topic as the Hub).

        1. WryLilt profile image90
          WryLiltposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I don't put a link in mine. Just "If you're not reading this on wrylilt.hubpages.com this has been stolen, you're liable for prosecution etc"

          1. Marisa Wright profile image97
            Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Yup, that sounds fine to me - and a good idea, too.

      5. mary615 profile image91
        mary615posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Christy:  I just clicked on the link you provided, and  reread in the  Learning Center on how to protect your work.  HP recommends setting up a Google Alert for your Hubs, or at least the most copied.  Seems simple enough.
        I have a couple of Hubs that have been copied and I'm going to take that advice.

  2. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 5 years ago

    http://www.redferret.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/robotquadraped_small1.jpg

    Well, since you haven't banned me yet, this is for you.

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image97
      Christy Kirwanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Cuuuute! I love it! big_smile

    2. Marketing Merit profile image95
      Marketing Meritposted 5 years ago

      I personally prefer a copyright notice. Also, if and when your hubs get scraped and duplicated, often the copyright notice is scraped with it! Makes things much simpler when complaining to Google or submitting a DMCA to the host.

    3. Will Apse profile image89
      Will Apseposted 5 years ago

      I find copyright notices irritating. When I read an article, I want info. I don't want my attention drawn to the writer's insecurities. Even if the insecurity happens to justified.

      1. WryLilt profile image90
        WryLiltposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Don't read my hubs then big_smile

        1. Will Apse profile image89
          Will Apseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          It's a deal, lol.

          1. WryLilt profile image90
            WryLiltposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            As stated further up - it's cut theft by up to half for me.

            But I doubt you want to induce labor... if you do, well... um... I'm leaving now!

    4. Will Apse profile image89
      Will Apseposted 5 years ago

      I suppose if your main enemy is a pregnant woman, a polite request may do the trick. Mostly though, content thieves don't read your article and don't care about copyright by definition.

      So all you get is a reader saying something like, 'this person just lodged something in my brain that I didn't want lodging in my brain'.

      1. WryLilt profile image90
        WryLiltposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        This is true. But my warning says "If you're not reading this on ----.com, it's been stolen and may be liable for prosecution" etc. So at least visitors reading it who really shouldn't be, will see that.

     
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