I have a problem, or issue, if you will, with the HP guidelines for copyright statements.
We are told not to put any written copyright statements in our articles, but to use the one provided via a drop-down menu that HP places at the bottom of the page.
This is an issue for me, because my poems were originally written many years before Hub Pages even existed. So, for me to only use the HP copyright, "cheats" me, in a way, of the actual original date of writing, and the true copyright date that in many cases are at least as old as 1988 or earlier.
The most recent of the poems are from about 1998.
It was then that my mother passed, and I rather lost my muse.
So--what am I to do? I've revised a few, giving a 'back story' of how the poem came to be, and including 'originally written in...xxx...date, and edited/revised in...xxx...other date.'
That gives me my legitimate dates, but is not a real copyright statement. It would be helpful if the drop-down copyright box had a list of years from which to select.
@Dzy -- I use mine and it took me a few years to find out through someone else where the copyright menu is located. Some might argue to let it go, but there is that ONE case where the only thing between you and more readers and popularity is a copyright notice . . .you'd be smart to revise the hubs. This is my thinking.
Yes, I am revising the hubs; but as I said, I'm adding a text capsule telling something about the inspiration for the particular poem, and within that, I'm stating my original 'written on' dates, along with revision dates. The only thing missing then, is the actual copyright symbol. But, hopefully, the statements of original writing dates would help protect me, in case someone thought that the HP copyright notice was the only applicable date...
I agree with you, Liz. The copyright belongs to the writer, not HP. Therefore, we should be able to post the actual copyright date. Like you, all (or most) of my poetry was written in the '70s, '80s and '90s. Displaying a current copyright date is inaccurate.
But that would be open to fraud. People might claim an earlier date in order to 'prove' that plagiarized work is theirs. Whereas publication date, as far as HP is concerned, is set in stone and can't be changed.
Hello DzyMsLilly, Iagreed with you. There should be numerous drop down dates to accomodate for years before 2008.
This saves authors like you fromthe trouble of copyright thief.
Enjoy the day!
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