I have just been thinking about whether we need to specifically copyright our website material or is it protected by way of being our Intellectual Property already? Do we need to add a copyright caption on each page or is it implied?

Just trying to understand our position.

Thanks

Richard

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Satauren Premium
To be safe, I would include the standard copyright notice on any page or post that you want protected.
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rwagener Premium
I think its a good suggestion. Thanks. Richard
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anthrovol Premium
As said before copyright is automatic, as opposed to a patent which needs a filing to be legit. In either case though, if your stuff is valuable and somebody with lots of money and friends in high places wants to steal it, they will, and fighting them is next to impossible.
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rwagener Premium
So true. Thanks for the input. Richard
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techhound Premium
Hey Richard,

In the United States, anything that is published is automatically copyrighted. If someone registers work with the copyright office they have a further protection in that the infringer has to reimburse for court and legal fees associated with the case.

However, it costs money to register it. Back in the late 90's I registered several songs that I wrote. At the time it was $30 per application. You can (and I have) register multiple pieces of work under the same application and the fee is not based on the number of items. So technically, if you wanted to register your material in batches you could do so, all for the same fee.

Please note: I am not a lawyer and don't play one on Facebook. So you should not misconstrue this as any kind of legal advice. Also, the copyright process may have changed since the time that I went through it.

Best Regards,
Jim
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rwagener Premium
Great response - thanks. Obviously a tricky issue and while there in theoretical protection, enforcing is difficult. Appreciate your insight.
Richard
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techhound Premium
One thing to keep in mind if somebody republishes your work, at least on another website, Google will know who the original publisher is and will likely penalize any copycats (or at the very least ignore them in search).

You can also put in a DMCA complaint which could force the ISP of the offender to take down that page (and sometimes even the whole website). You can find more about that here by searching in Google for:
DMCA complaint

Best Regards,
Jim
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rwagener Premium
Thanks again for the excellent response and information. It is great to be aware of the options so we can manage our sites well.
Richard
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TheCatherine Premium Plus
how can you and if you do how can you enforce it?
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rwagener Premium
I guess if there is major copying we can take action through various sources but overall we just need to keep one step ahead.
Thanks
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TheCatherine Premium Plus
If your copy is good enough someone will steal some or all of it at some point and thats the reality. Now there are things you can do but in practise it's not worth the time and effort to pursue it. However if it makes you feel better you can go to copyscape.com and get some free free copyright banners ot won't make a blind bit of difference but if it gives you an illusion of security its there
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rwagener Premium
Appreciate the thoughts
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jvranjes Premium
I blogged about it, see what people said:
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rwagener Premium
Thanks. I've read the blog and it seems overall there is not much you can do although there seems to be some protection in law. Enforcing is another matter.
I have heard other's say you just need to keep updating so you stay ahead anyway.
Thanks
Richard
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jvranjes Premium
I use a plugin so that the text cannot be copied.
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