How Do I Know If This Request Is Legitimate?

Jump to Last Post 1-12 of 12 discussions (37 posts)
  1. vocalcoach profile image97
    vocalcoachposted 4 years ago

    I received the following email today.  I'm tempted to give permission. How do I know if this is legitimate?

    Dear Audrey,

    Our dear Catholic School piano teacher has passed away after 50 years of service.  I happened upon your poem, "Little Fingers of Love".  I would like to use an excerpt or the whole poem on the back of her funeral program, because it fits her 'ministry to our children" so perfectly. 

    Would this be possible?  If so, what 'reference' would you like me to use as 'copyright'?

    Thank you,
    Nancy Veronesi
    Director of Worship
    St. Joseph's Church - Penfield, NY
    www.sjcpenfield.com
    @SJCWorship

    1. LCDWriter profile image93
      LCDWriterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It sounds pretty legit and harmless to me.

      1. vocalcoach profile image97
        vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you. I feel good about this now.

    2. CatherineGiordano profile image93
      CatherineGiordanoposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It sounds sincere.  Perhaps you could track down the person and speak to her personally.  .

      1. vocalcoach profile image97
        vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Good idea.  Thank you.

    3. cfin profile image71
      cfinposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Firstly, don't click on the link they included. Type it into google. If it comes up as a legitimate website for a church, I think you are safe enough emailing them back and granting permission.
      If still in doubt, call the phone number for that specific church as shown through google, and speak to someone.

      1. vocalcoach profile image97
        vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for your advice.

    4. brakel2 profile image75
      brakel2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      This church is near my former home, and my husband has been to that church. A school is part of that church property,  Sounds legit. You are blessed, Audrey.

    5. bravewarrior profile image94
      bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Audrey, someones else posted something just like this not too long ago, with almost the same wording. That raises a huge flag with me. I would not give permission. In fact, you may want to do some investigating.

      1. vocalcoach profile image97
        vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Sha.

    6. Marketing Merit profile image94
      Marketing Meritposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Nancy is listed as the Worship Director on this page.
      http://www.sjcpenfield.com/staff-blogs

      You're only giving permission for your poem to be used on this one occasion. Most people wouldn't even have the common decency to ask, to be perfectly honest.

      Plus, the website was registered in 2012 to:



      All seems pretty legit to me.

      1. vocalcoach profile image97
        vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I appreciate the time you've taken to check this out. I have given my permission.  Thanks.

    7. no body profile image69
      no bodyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I think you should let them. I have had people ask me if I cared whether they used my articles. I also had a church use a poem and then adapt it to their use. I was a little irked with them that they changed the poem but I understood why they did it and made peace with the situation. I have had much more positives than negatives with allowing people to use my stuff. I would let them.

  2. Uzochukwu Mike profile image63
    Uzochukwu Mikeposted 4 years ago

    If you do not know about the address (the church), just forget it.

    1. vocalcoach profile image97
      vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks.

  3. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    A live event is not going to do you any harm-- and you are only giving permission for use at that named event . I would just say what name to credit it to and say ok.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      This.

      1. vocalcoach profile image97
        vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I agree.  Thanks.

    2. Barbara Kay profile image87
      Barbara Kayposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I agree. I let someone at a church use my hub about prayer for a sermon. I never had any problems and received a nice thank you note later.

      1. vocalcoach profile image97
        vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        How nice. Makes me feel good.  Thank you.

    3. vocalcoach profile image97
      vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Sounds good!  Thank you.

  4. Dressage Husband profile image75
    Dressage Husbandposted 4 years ago

    I just checked out the link and think it would be fine. Unless scammers are faking an entire church website with Google map and even a church with that name at their address. Just ask why they would do that? More importantly how would they be able to get Google to put the church there?

    There is no logical explanation other than someone in the congregation has seen and liked your poem. This appears to me to be a genuine request. Do what your heart feels is right, and ask that they credit you at the service maybe give out your url too so that people can look up your other work.

    They are a Catholic church FYI.

    1. vocalcoach profile image97
      vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Great advice.  Thank you for taking time to check out the link.

      1. Dressage Husband profile image75
        Dressage Husbandposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        My pleasure smile

  5. Billie Kelpin profile image86
    Billie Kelpinposted 4 years ago

    I'd be flattered if that was sent to me!  Just the fact that someone is asking your permission to USE your poem and asking how they can credit you indicates clearly that this person is respectful and understanding of a writer's work.  The "dear" almost threw me until I read the rest of the email.   I'm always suspect of the use of "dear", but in context this makes perfect sense.  This is a lovely tribute to your writing, I'd say smile

  6. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 4 years ago

    Sounds legit. I'd take it as a compliment and a way of highlighting my work. They were respectful enough to ask about copyright credit etc.

  7. incomeguru profile image96
    incomeguruposted 4 years ago

    Congratulations! More traffic coming your way soon. smile

  8. clivewilliams profile image83
    clivewilliamsposted 4 years ago

    Firstly, if it is genuine, Congratulation my dear. But check out the legitimacy first.

    1. vocalcoach profile image97
      vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I decided to go with this request and received a lovely thank you note.  Thanks.

      1. Dressage Husband profile image75
        Dressage Husbandposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        smile

  9. firstcookbooklady profile image87
    firstcookbookladyposted 4 years ago

    Go to their web page and find their phone number and call it. First of all, I am sure they would be tickled pink to get personalized approval...

    1. vocalcoach profile image97
      vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for this info.

  10. profile image0
    Deborah Sextonposted 4 years ago

    Agree as long as your name is included as the Author.
    The second you write something it becomes your copyrighted material

  11. WillStarr profile image83
    WillStarrposted 4 years ago

    Crooks don't ask. They just steal your work. I would be very flattered.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, someone had a very similar request some time back, and it turned out it WAS a scam, so I think she was right to check things out carefully.    This one looks legit.

    2. vocalcoach profile image97
      vocalcoachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Just what I needed to hear Bill. I granted permission. Thanks.

  12. Shorebirdie profile image76
    Shorebirdieposted 4 years ago

    I think it's OK.  They're just asking to use your poem for something non-commercial.  Keep their request and address as a record in case you see it pop up somewhere unexpected.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)