What exactly is included to have a copyright on your hub? Does this mean that everything on it is yours and anything on it not yours makes you ineligible to use it? I assume it means all photos and videos must be yours. Is there an explanation somewhere to tell us exactly?
Understanding what copyrights are, what they mean to you as a creator and the laws around it can be rather complicated, but http://www.copyright.gov is where you will find all the rules in operation in the USA explained and explored and probably exploded too.
Here's actually the best place to start there, http://copyright.gov/help/faq/index.html
Everything in operation on this site rule-wise is based on those laws. To understand more specifically how copyright works here at HubPages, you will have to read and comprehend this, http://hubpages.com/help/user_agreement
You hold copyright to the bits you made, and use under license the bits you get from elsewhere that are not public domain.
I copyright my own writings; well for the most part; but I mean the copyright option here on the hubs. Or are you saying I can copyright it on the hub with the copyright to what is not mine being excluded?
Whatever you create is automatically copyrighted to you. You do not need to post any notice on it for this to be the case. With the material from other people that you use under license, the license determines whether you need to credit them.
If you do choose to post a copyright notice it is understood to apply only to your own work, not the hubpages stuff etc. Marking the source of anything you use under license is a good idea even when not strictly required.
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I am surprised you are not aware that it is in fact true. Which can easily be confirmed here: http://copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#mywork
"Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device."
All I did not specify is that this applies to text, pictures and performances, not your lunch. I took that as understood.
Thanks for the correction.
I was going on this (the second part), meaning that it should be registered if you would like to use the claim in litigation related to infringement.
Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration.”
What's with lunch? I am simply asking about HP copyright option. My poetry and work I don't trust to anyone else to copyright and since it can be done so inexpensively in collections I always do that before I put it out anywhere knowing how many writings have been stolen. I get a US copyright and never fear. This was a question about HP's way; sorry if it stressed you out.
I don't see the need for posting the label or mentioning explicitly that something is copyrighted by you. It is an understood point that nobody should copy any text or material that has been produced by some other. Images are sometimes ambiguous as they are generally used by every one from creative commons. But text should be never copied by any one even if it is free site or copyright one.
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