I recently stumbled upon a blog where the author had copied and was using my blog posts. No pingbacks or mention that I was the original author, just plain copy and pasting of some of my posts and images. It left me feeling angry, yet I also felt honoured that my work must be good enough if somebody wanted to copy it.
Unfortunately, with the internet being such a vast and open space used by billions of people worldwide, the chances of that happening to any one of us who publishes anything on the internet is a distinct possibility. Whether it be photos, fiction, reviews, poetry, recipes or gardening tips, everything faces the chance of being copied and somebody else taking full credit for your hard work.
In my case, I contacted the blogger concerned and asked them to remove all of my content from their blog. When that failed, I contacted the blogging platform hosting the blog and filed a copyright claim against the blogger. Within a few days, the blog and all of its content had been deleted.
Click here to find out what to do if a WordPress.Com user has infringed your copyright.
However, there is something we can all do to try and stop our hard work being copied. What I am about to advise you to do may not stop somebody else copying your work, but it acts as a warning to anyone thinking of copying or duplicating your work, without your permission, that they could face the possibility of prosecution, a fine, both, or having their blog deleted by their host.
Display a notice
I recommend that anybody who has their own blog or web page to clearly displaying a ‘Copyright and/or Disclaimer’ notice. There are many places on the internet that offer ‘Copyright and Disclaimer’ notices free of charge, and who give instructions on how to copy and paste one of these notices to your blog or webpage.
WordPress offers some excellent advice and instructions on how to display a ‘Copyright and/or Disclaimer’ notice. Click here to view it.
Widgets and menus
If you use a theme on your blog which displays widgets, and ‘I’ll come to widgets later, I recommend you display your copyright and/or disclaimer notice as one of your widgets. I use the Tortuga theme on my blog, and the widgets I use are displayed on the sidebar to the right of my blog posts.
My ‘Copyright’ notice is the last widget at the bottom of my sidebar, while my disclaimer notice (Disclaimer & GDPR) can be found on the menu bar at the top of my blog.
You are welcome to use these as the copyright and disclaimer notices for your own blog. All you need to do is copy and paste them to your own blog and, where necessary, change some of the wording to reflect your own name and the name of your blog.
Click here to use the free copyright notice I use on my blog. Full instructions on how to copy and paste the warning on to your blog are included.
If you’re not sure what ‘widgets’ are or how to add them to your WordPress blog, click here for full details.
Copyright every blog post
I always add a copyright mark at the end of all my blog posts. All of my posts finish with Copyright © 2019 hughsviewsandnews.com – All rights reserved. Doing this also helps as a deterrent against copying my posts. Remember to change the year when a new year begins.
Protect your photos and images
Many of us also include photos and images in a post, and while you may display a copyright and/or disclaimer notice on your blog, I recommend that you also watermark any of your own photos that you use.
Most computers come with plenty of software that help edit photos you have loaded on to your hard drive, but there are also other ways to watermark your photos.
I use an Apple iMac and use an app called ‘Photobulk’ to watermark all my photos. It’s a straightforward app to use and usually costs $9.99 to download, but can often be found either on offer or free of charge to download from the developer’s website. Click here to visit the website. (The link is not an affiliated link, so I do receive any payment from it.)
I simply drag any photos I want to watermark to Photobulk, type in the text for the watermark I use (in my case I use © hughsviewsandnews.com), press ‘start’, and my photos are then watermarked with my details.
There are also free watermarking apps for Apple products, too many to mention here, so check iTunes for more details.
What about Android users?
Click here for a free photo watermarking app for android. I’ve never used the app as I use an Apple iMac, but the reviews for this particular app are excellent.
Don’t forget you can also add copyright notices as a caption on photos. Your copyright details will then show under the photo.
Finally, always ensure you download the latest updates for any apps or software you use; otherwise, they may not work correctly.
If you have any questions about displaying copyright and/or disclaimer notices on your blog, please leave me a comment, and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Have you ever had your blog posts and/or photos/images copied and used without your permission? What do you do to help stop your blog posts, photos and images being used illegally?
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