Protect Your Poems: The Copyright Notice

The Copyright Notice 

The protector of your poems 

Hello, poetry lovers!

I’ve noticed that some people have been adding copyright notices on every poem they make.

Or the classic “this poem is mine”no stealing”.

 

You can create a clear copyright notice on your site by following the steps below:

 

Step 1 

Go to Customize

 

Step 2

Go to Widgets

 

Step 3

Click “Add a Widget”

 

Step 4 

Scroll and look for “Text”

 

Step 5

Copy and paste this to your text widget

© [Full Name] and [Site Name], [Current Year or Year Range]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Your Name] and [Your Site Name] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

Step 6

Set the title of the text widget to “Copyright Notice”

 

Step 7 

Save and Publish

 

It should look something like this:

Copyright Notice

© Juansen Dizon Lonely Blue Boy 2016

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Juansen Dizon and Lonely Blue Boy with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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82 thoughts on “Protect Your Poems: The Copyright Notice

  1. Thank you for liking one of my posts! I’m glad because it brought me here. A friend of mine had copyright issues just yesterday – this is very helpful. May I ask – are these standard wordings for such copyright notices? Thanks! 🙂 ~Annie

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  2. DUDE:
    (*) do you know what it would cost to take legal action against anyone using your material ?
    (*) no one of any substance is going to steal the average material found on the internet !
    A COPYRIGHT NOTICE ON THE BLOG IS A SIGN OF A WEAK AND FRIGHTENED PERSON

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  3. Thanks so much for posting a step-by-step on how to post a copyright notice. I would NEVER have been able to figure that out! (Lack of computer skills d/t age 🙂 ). I appreciate you reading one of my poems. I’ll return the favor!

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  4. Kudos for raising the issue. Incidentally, the © sign can be inserted easily using (ALT+0169). However, it not been needed in the US since USCO Circular 3 was issued in 1989 (http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ03.pdf) as all original work is automatically copyrighted as soon as it is created, and is therefore protected by US law. Having said that, whether you use the © is your choice, as it may discourage the casual user. The best legal protection is to register your work (or body of work) at the US copyright office (http://www.copyright.gov/). This gives you much more legal power to sue for damages and legal costs…

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      • Hey, it was NOT a criticism, Juansen! I just wanted to add a little bit of additional information. I am not a lawyer but I do understand that we have copyright protection (in the US) despite what people think. You would be amazed at the number of people (most) who think that just because something is on the web it is free to copy. And as for derivative works, that’s a whole minefield, which is easier for graphical artists, but for poets… whoa, where would you start…?

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      • You’ve misunderstood my comment. Haha. I’ve taken down my copyright notice weeks ago 🙂 Like I said, I figured it out (weeks ago) that everything I post here is automatically copyrighted in some way.

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  5. First, thanks for liking my poem. Second, thank you so much for this post. I haven’t run into any copyright issues yet (that I’m aware of), but I’m glad to have the notice up, now.

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