Creative Commons Licence - where do you post?

5 years ago | ScreamingCandle (Member)

I am in no great fear that someone is actually going to jack my stuff, but I would like to explicitly state that some one can't ... come by and jack my stuff. Specifically, repackage it and sell it. Now that I'm getting a few people looking at my serial, some of them from inexplicable places (had some lost Norwegian come in today) it occured to me that someone may take my stuff and, I don't know, use it in a click bait farm or something.

Anyway, I'd like to know what other people did to affix a creative commons licence to their printed work. Do you put it at the end, as part of the site design, what? I'd like to do Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike, by the way just in case someone wants to draw pictures. :)

Thanks in advance and stay weird


"It is not important what you do, but it is critically important that you do it." - Terrence McKenna
The Strange Updating Wednesdays

Read responses...


  1. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    If you go to the site (where I post everything) you'll see a menu with a link for Copyright/Licensing, which is where I call out the CC by-NC-SA 4.0 license I use on all content posted there. Since I post it there, I don't feel the need to put it on every individual post. So I guess I fall under the "part of the site design" category.

    Curveball (Updating)
    A Rake by Starlight (Updating)
  2. MaddiroseX (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    In the US, at least, your work is under copyright protection the second you create it, and by posting it you have evidence of when it was created. People CAN use SOME PORTIONS your work if they're following fair use guidelines, aka for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research...but you'll notice "selling it as their own" or "hosting it without your permission" are not on that list.

    I've had people take and repost my work as their own before, and there are relatively easy steps to take when this happens:

    1) (optional) Contact the infringer (shut up, spell check) and ask them to take down the work that's not theirs. Sometimes they apologize and take it down without further issue, but I've had enough nasty responses to my very polite emails that I just skip this step, these days.
    2) Contact the hosting service and inform them of the infringement. Hosting services like wordpress or blogger really don't want the legal trouble that comes with hosting stolen material, and I've seen infringing sites taken down less than an hour after I've contacted them. An actual publisher like Amazon wants that headache even less. This is the most effective step in my services have 0 investment in letting the thief get away with it, especially when contacted by someone who can prove they wrote the thing first.
    3) Issue a DMCA takedown notice. This is essentially the more formal version of step 2, making a legal declaration that the content belongs to you and that someone took it.
    4) Legally register your copyright, then sue for infringement. And yeah, that's gonna be a huge headache and expensive and annoying, even when it's clear cut. At this point you'd have to decide which was worth more to you, just letting it go, or pursuing the lawsuit.

    I've only ever had to resort to step 3 once, and never to step 4. Your mileage may vary, and again this only applies to the US (although steps 2 and 3 are almost universally effective). A simple "all works on this site copyright © ScreamingCandle" on your site should work just fine if you're paranoid.

    Spurs & Seraphim (ongoing) | Beta Key (complete) | Twisted Cogs (complete) | Orbital Academy (complete)
  3. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    There are several places my books are being pirated. Dealing with them is like playing whack a mole. I don't even bother anymore.

    Visit my site, I have punch and pie.
    I also have two stories: Delvers LLC and The Crimson Artifice. :)
  4. Moonfeather (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    I'm not worried about pirating, I'm more worried about someone making money off my product and then claiming it's theirs and it being taken away from me. I guess registering a copyright is the only thing to stop this?

    I wonder what name you should use.

  5. ScreamingCandle (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    @moonfeather. The problem is that as @blaise Corvin and @maddiroseX pointed out, actually protecting your copyright against jerkoffs is time consuming and potentially expensive. My brother is an attorney so I'm intimately familiar with this and the idea that it's legal until someone bothers to sues you or the police decide it's something to investigate.

    My thing is to simply keep honest people honest because whack a mole isn't very fun. And if someone is a true bastard, I'll have a leg to stand on.

    I think I'm going to put the creative commons blip at the end of each chapter and just make it routine.

    Thanks for the input folks and stay weird


    "It is not important what you do, but it is critically important that you do it." - Terrence McKenna
    The Strange Updating Wednesdays


You must log in to post.