I've been searching around and reading up but have found varying opinions. Anyone know how does someone go about copyrighting their hubs? An official copyright per hub would cost a lot.
Similar, but now I'm wondering about photo credits. If I simply use Google photos and credit them all by putting in the link under the photo, is that okay? I've read hubs saying this is not okay to do as there are specific sites that offer free photos that are okay to use for hubs.
Any clarification on either/or would be very useful for me. Thanks!
Your hubs are automatically copyrighted when you publish them online. You only need to pay for copyright if you think you may have to take someone to court.
As for photographs, you have to make sure they are copyright free before you publish them. You can do an advanced search on Google images that will find photographs specifically tagged for people to use.
There is a free online service called myfreecopyright.com. You create an account, provide the URL for your hub (or a file to upload), and receive a digital watermark via email. There is also a logo for you to display, if you want to.
However, if you use this option, you should save your hubs to your computer as a backup, since any changes and comments will cause the current hub to deviate from the version you registered with the copyright service.
An easier way may be to save the text of the hub to a Word document or the like, then upload that to the service and receive a digital watermark for the file.
In general, registration should not be necessary for hubs. The search engines and HubPages can see when the hub was published, and it is usually evident who published first in case of plagiarism.
You can buy credits at istock.com and use those photos.
You can get free photos at http://sxc.hu/ and Morguefile.com I think there are free photos on dreamstime.com as well.
You can take your own photos.
Taking photos from blogs, websites, or google is copyright violation.
Ok - thanks for the info. I'm still wondering though, can I cite the Google link where I got a picture from directly under the photo I use? Because then the photo is given the proper credit.
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