If you remove (delete) some hub articles from hubpages, do you have the rights to them?
So if we have had hubs published here and remove them, are they ours to do with as we wish? Is there a time limit as to when they become public domain? If you have had experience, I'd appreciate knowing for sure. Thanks so much
You hubs are yours. Removing them from HP allows you to post them on other sites that want original material and not material that is also published on other sites. Public domain does not apply unless you purposely make it so or at least 70 years after you "leave the land of the living." Otherwise you would have to be an employee of the Federal Government and your material was commissioned (as a result of your work) by the Government.
Luis is right. I have heard that you should wait 48 hours or so before republishing a Hub elsewhere, after removing it. I think you need to give Google time to realize it is gone from HubPages to avoid problems with duplicate content.
LuisEGonzalez, Thanks so much. It's only 68 years since I "left the land of the living" but no one knows I'm gone (or maybe they do Rock_nj and WalterPoon - Thank you too! I feel better now
Yes, you retained the rights to them under the publishing agreement with HubPages. Once you delete the article, it will disappear from the inventory within 24 hours.
Thanks Wayne. I just felt more comfortable hearing this from fellow writers on hubpages Cheers! (Like the hat)
It does disappear from HubPages but Google can take two or three weeks to remove it from the search engine results, so wait a while before republishing.
Whatever you publish on HubPages you hold the rights to your work. If you remove the hubs from this site you can publish it on other sites. I've not heard of any time limit so I think you can publish them elsewhere at any time.
If you know how to retrieve the Hub pages to post esewhere before deleting them here, then you keep the rights to them as Luis and Wayne have written.
What you need to think about is whether they will do any better anywhere else. Any site like this will want original material from you, that hasn't been published elsewhere.
You could only use them on a web site of your own, as a sort of 'showcase', although I think even then your readers would want to see something new from you - as a demonstration that you still have it in you to produce original material.
You could always 'share' with sites like Facebook or Twitter etc., and you'd still have your pages here. You could also use your pages here as a link to your own site, as I have done, adding links to Hub-pages, Amazon and the like. You get the best of both worlds then.
Most sites will accept your Hubs PROVIDED YOU WAIT LONG ENOUGH FOR THEM TO DISAPPEAR FROM GOOGLE which can take a few weeks. If a Hub is Featured, then it probably won't do better elsewhere. However if it's unFeatured, it's better to move it.
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