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How to Add MyFreeCopyright To Your WordPress Blog

Blog writing tips and articles404 Tech Support has just published step-by-step instructions on how to addMyFreeCopyright.com to your or blog.

The directions are specific to WordPress.com, but will work for any blog or website. It’s also a prime example of how to use the WordPress Widget to add text to your sidebar. The code used in the example is straight HTML and not JavaScript, which is not permitted with WordPress.com blogs.

MyFreeCopyright.com offers a simple way of tracking potential copyright violations of your blog’s content. It isn’t protection. It merely advises people that your content is copyrighted, which it is by default, and alerts you when a possible copyright violation is found through your feed content compared to other sites. You can then take appropriate action against the copyright violator.

What MyFreeCopyright does best is to remind and educate everyone on the importance of copyright, how to protect your content from copyright violations, and help you decide what your copyright policy should be.

If you want control over your blog content, and you want people to ask first before using your content without permission, you have to be clear in your copyright policy. If you want to give your blog content, images, and multimedia away for free without permission, you also have to make that very clear as you are the copyright holder and can do whatever you want, but reading minds isn’t part of the process. :D

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14 Comments

  1. Kevin
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle,
    What are you thoughts on the CopyFeed plugin or the Creative-Commons-Configurator WordPress Plugin?

  2. 404techsupport
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,
    Thanks for the link. I just wanted to let you and your readers know that I’ve moved to a self-hosted WordPress blog. It’s at http://www.404techsupport.com and the particular post you mentioned can be found here: http://www.404techsupport.com/?p=388 (I still have to get permalinks working.)

    Anybody should feel free to comment and let me know if they have any questions that I might be able to help with.

    Thanks again for the link!
    -Jason

  3. Posted October 16, 2008 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    @ Kevin:

    I have no thoughts on those. They add copyright information to your blog posts and feeds. Use the one you like that works for you. I’ve not used either of them. Which do you like?

  4. Posted October 16, 2008 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    There is a great big button with “PROTECT” on their site. But check the faq:

    MyFreeCopyright.com does not provide legal advice or legal services to help you. It does provide a public date registration service, which can be used to enforce your copyright; however, that responsibility is up to you.

    So this is like hiring a security guard to watch for people stealing things from your house but when they do he’ll just point and say “Hey, look!”

    The use of that ‘Protect’ therefore seems very poor considering the people they are marketing themselves at. And they charge too.
    Use the service but be very sure what it is you are getting – a dog that barks but does nothing else.

  5. Posted October 16, 2008 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    Mark,

    With the WWW as big as it is, it is very helpful to have someone watching out for infringement – it is impossible to do it all yourself.

    Lorelle, thanks for this information – it looks like a good service!

  6. Posted October 16, 2008 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    @kris – my point is that they say “Protect” when they cannot actually protect your work. It’s not what they are doing, it’s the wording they use.

  7. Posted October 18, 2008 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I kind of think that there is value in simple notification. Kind of a “sunlight is the best disinfectant” concept. Of course, it only works if people have some residual sense of shame for violating your copyright. Last I looked, which was a couple of years ago, every music CD is clearly labeled that it may not be duplicated (ie ripped).

  8. Posted October 19, 2008 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Great resource. I hadn’t checked in here for a while and it was great to find this resource. I quickly signed up. I feel much more protected. Thanks again.

  9. Posted October 25, 2008 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle. I wanna ask 2 you.

    I have build a template like as your blog. However, you as the owner, are you allow me to publish this templaete?

    please answer this as soon as possible, and reply to my blog or my email at saveav@gmail.com

  10. Posted October 26, 2008 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    @ Blogywalkie.com:

    First of all, blog comments are always replied to by blog comments, not email. Thanks for checking back for the response.

    Second, this is my WordPress Theme design based upon the Sandbox WordPress Theme. You can design your own, but you are not allowed to use mine.

    Good luck with creating your very own design that is unique to your particular needs or finding a WordPress Theme that will suit your needs.

  11. Posted October 27, 2008 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    @ Jesus Mondea:

    I think nothing will “protect” from content thieves. I think that education will inform others about the rules of copyright and intellectual property and tools like these make it easier to track the ignorant and educate them. :D

  12. Posted November 4, 2008 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Is there any plugin to alert us directly on our dashboard.

  13. Posted November 4, 2008 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    @ vini:

    Alert you to what? Copyright violation? Yes, I’ve included them in the article.

  14. Posted June 15, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on My Blog and commented:
    This is very helpful and is needed to protect anything that is created.


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