How do I sign a copyright notice for one of my hubs?
For the first time ever a company has offered me £50 to use an excerpt from one of my hubs (Yay!) They've e-mailed me an agreement with a copyright notice to be signed.
The format for the copyright notice is: Copyright © _____ by _________________
I wonder if anyone can help, as I'm a complete idiot about this. The first blank is a date? This year? Or the year the hub was published? The second longer blank is my name, my username, or HubPages? I'm guessing I just use the copyright notice at the end of the hub ie:
Copyright © 2011 - by - Greensleeves Hubs.
Is that right? Please help!
See some of mine with forms HP accepts, You can also read up on the subject as covered by HP and Forum answers.
Thanks Demas - you mean the copyright notice at the end of your hubs, broadly similar to HP's own notice? I have looked at the forums and can't find a sufficiently specific answer. In my example above, should it be © 2011 (by) Greensleeves Hubs ?
Hey this is going to sound a bit legalistic but here we go. Infringement cases are normally against cheats and liars at this level of monetization of our work. We are not talking about stealing the Coca Cola brand here or copying a opinion piece out of the NY times.
So the real bottom line here is to scare a thief away -- like a good guard dog or even security guard. Deterrence and to send them to a "softer" target is the goal.
So keep it reasonably short but very clear that you will break their mother's knee caps if they violate it. That is just a metaphor for being a heartless bastard in a heartless world. Do everything HP suggests and then let them know you will really come after them if they steal.
(I am sorry to tell you but going after a thief at this level at this domain is just plain wasting money.)
Thanks Eric. All I'm really concerned with is if there is such a thing as a 'correct' and 'incorrect' (wrong) copyright notice? I should include the original publication date? Does it matter what name I use, as long as it identifies me as the author?
I am no legal expert, but poked around a little. To me I am thinking they only want to know how you want it to appear. That is your choice . . . kinda'. Remember they are asking your permission for a fee to publish your work. So, they probably want to protect your copyright. Perhaps their intent is publish the copyright as a footnote at the work or as a reference at the article end.
I would be more concerned with how lengthy the work is they will use if online. You may get a duplicate warning here at HP at your Hub? Others at the Forums will have much more expertise than me. There are many knowledgeable writers there.
Thanks Tim. I always worry with these things if a wrong legal phraseology invalidates my copyright in some way. But I guess from what you say I'm worrying about nothing.
They're only using a small excerpt - anyway, a £50 payoff will be worth it!
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