Fellow hubbers, could you suggest how I would copyright my work on Hubpages?
I sometimes wonder whether my work should be copyrighted so that no one can just take it off the internet and publish it under their own name. Is there any hub I could refer to for this information?
There really is no need to add a copyright symbol to your Hub. There is a copyright notice at the bottom of every single page here at Hubpages that covers them as well as the respective owners (Hubbers).
Look at the bottom gray banner in the small print you will find it there.
But additionally I have started adding this to my hubs:
All Rights Reserved
Copyright © 2011 Cindy Murdoch
Having the copyright notice shown with your work is always a good idea-- but I believe your work is covered by the copyright laws even without it. Does anyone else know whether this is true? On the other hand, even if it is true, enough people believe the opposite and feel they can copy material if they don't see the copyright notice.
Hi, yes you should copyright copyright and copyright until you're blue in the face.. but some of yor work will still be copied and republished.. I noticed some of my work done over at Wikinut and Triond.. same work several different writters and I was told that work gets copied and then resold to writers looking to make money on-line.. one of my work they kept the story the same word for word and just changed the title.. I was well amazed...
As soon as you post or publish a hub onto the system here, it automatically gets copywritten, because hubpages has designed a special hub authoring system digitally, so as to protect its authors.
Make sure all of your content is purely original and authentically yours, and all references are sited to those who have ownership of any content you have rendered, and you will be fully protected instantaneously, without having need to do a thing. There are many hubs that refer to this question, but I have yet to research into them all. I seen a bunch while drifting around a few months back, but it hasn't been something of interest to me as of yet.
Anytime you publish anything, even on the internet, it is protected by copyright. This doesn't mean people won't try to steal it, but it is legally yours. When there is a dispute, you should be able to prove that you wrote it first. You can do this by the publication date on HubPages, for example, or the date you saved the file on your computer.
If someone tries to copy your work:
1. send them a note to tell them to take it off
2. send a note to the webmaster of the site and notify them as well
3. let Google know so they will take the page off their search engine
4. let Hubpages know so they will mark it as original content
5. you can sue them, but that will get expensive
Millionaire Tips is right; intellectual property is automatically copyright as soon as it is 'fixed in tangible form'--ie., written down, recorded or otherwise taken 'into the real world.'
That means that your work is copyrighted even if it exists only as, say, a Word file--it doesn't have to published in any way, shape or form, it doesn't require that you specify the copyright, and it doesn't require that you register the copyright. You own the copyright simply because you created the work.
Of course, if it comes to a conflict, you need to be able to *prove* that you were the real creator. Registration of copyright is one way to do that; publication on Hubpages can be another; and in the old days people used to take a copy of their typescript and mail it to themselves registered mail, then leave it unopened. That way, they could show that it had been created by such and such a date.
In traditional publishing, it was usual to sell your copyright to the publisher--though sometimes it was only some specified rights--say, first magazine publication in North America, as opposed to all rights globally. I like it that HP doesn't require you to sell--but then, if they did, they'd probably need to pay. . .
Many writers license their work through Creative Commons. It's free to do. Here is the link: http://creativecommons.org/
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