I thought I knew the answer to that a long time ago.
But now I'm all confused again.
For the last time,
are all my published and future hubs copyrighted?
Do I need to protect it via an outside site or source?
Or it is adviceable to do so?
And what are the proper steps to take if we do notice somebody out there have lifted one of our hubs or parts of it and they have published it somewhere and are passing it off as their own original content?
Indeed, it has been discussed repeatedly, but since you have asked...
- Your hubs are automatically protected under US and international copyright law from the time they were published (fixed in a tangible medium is the legal concept);
- You may want to use www.myfreecopyright.com as an added layer of protection via digital fingerprint technology. After signing up, you can ask this service to subscribe to your RSS feed, so that you do not have to manually enter each new hub in the future. Whether this service is truly valuable and necessary is disputed; certainly it can give some people peace of mind, and you can write on your hubs that they are protected with this service;
- If someone has lifted your hubs or part thereof, you should contact the infringing party and ask them to take it down. You may need to follow up with a formal “cease and desist letter,” contacting the website host, and – as the last resort – file a formal Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint.
The reality is that, whatever anybody says, you are responsible for defending your own rights. Others, including HubPages, can assist you to some degree, but you need to look out for your own interests and decide what is right for you. If your contents are commercially valuable, you may wish to consult an attorney.
Thanks for the encouragement, Marisa Wright and ProCW. I followed your advice and expanded a good deal upon the subject as well.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Okay-for-the-la … pyrighted?
I tend to put a copyright statement at the end of my hubs because hackers and such are less likely to steal the content if it has the word copyright in it but it is not a guarantee just an extra added step and i will be checking out that site WE thanks for the tip
I didn't realise that hackers were getting into stealing articles. The hacking business must be slow at the moment.
They do steal articles indeed
http://www.firstamendmentcoalition.org/ … ar-online/
You are the owner of your work, no questions asked, if people dispute this there are plenty of ways to confirm the fact.
I have just had to write out a whole draft of DMCA notices after some **&(*& copied my content on to article base, and from there it was copied to a whole raft of other websites.
How does one go about posting the copyright HTML code into the hub?
Terrific replies hubbers.
I always knew that you all will pull through.
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