Today’s Daily Prompt asks about my recent Google search, why I was searching and what I found.
After hearing about Jhanis from Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife‘s word thief the other day, I realized that I should put a copyright notice on my blog. I was not sure what the protocol was for copyrighting anything and luckily found an easy solution via WordPress help and support. I have wondered how to protect my writings for some time and Jhanis just gave me the motivation to search for answers.
I understand sometimes we get stumped on what to write but copying someone else’s work is appalling especially in the blogging world, I think. Blogging is for pleasure and if you cannot come up with your own words, then just don’t blog! I find inspiration from many blogs but have never been so inspired to steal words. I would not find that cathartic at all and it would defeat my intention for writing entirely.
So, after Googling “how do I copyright my blog”, I found this:
Basically, add some version of this to your sidebar:
© [Full Name] and [Blog Name], [Current Year or Year Range]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’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 Blog Name] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
You should also add it to the bottom of each post. I asked WordPress if there was a way to insert a “signature” to automatically appear in every post but there is none so we have to remember to add it to each post. Of course, this will not ensure that your words are never stolen but it at least serves as a “Beware of Dog” sign and hopefully will be a deterrent.