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Copyright & eBooks?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by Cloaks, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Cloaks

    Cloaks Regular Member

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    Hey. I just have a few questions regarding Copyright protection and the like.
    I started promoting products via ClickBank, but I'm tired of them - They shave, and I lose money. The have problems with stats and I lose money.
    In short: I'm going to write my own eBooks and write my own landing page instead. I feel I can write far better sales pages than most of the products on ClickBank anyway.

    Writing the eBook and the landing page isn't a problem, but what about the Copyright protection? I don't know anything about that. I want to make sure that people won't just rip my site and product and sell the same thing. What exactly do I have to do to prevent this? How much does it cost?

    Also, what's a good payment processor for this, and is it worth it to have other people as affiliates for me?
    In that case which affiliate system should I use? I really dislike ClickBank, but I never tried it as a merchant, so if anyone could describe how it is, it would be great.

    Answers to any of these questions would really be appreciated! :)
     
  2. savvypro

    savvypro Regular Member

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    For Copyright:

    Get yourself over to http://www.copyright.gov/
    The "Copyright in General" section of the FAQ (link on front page) should answer your questions.

    Cost - about $35 for an online filing, and it automatically covers you in a lot of countries.

    There used to be a service where you could send them a CD of all your different works and do a mass application, wasn't to expensive either, unfortunately but I can't find it now.
     
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  3. Cloaks

    Cloaks Regular Member

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    Okay, thanks for the help. Is it worth it to get?
    Anything else I should know?
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  4. savvypro

    savvypro Regular Member

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    If you make a profit, then yes it's worth it.

    All the information is there, just make sure that you're submitting your own works and not something you just copied.
     
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    check e-junkie, they're good (they have a $5.00 monthly fee after the free trial - i guess 2 weeks - , but you can always search for coupon codes, so you can use their services for free for months), they have an affiliate system as well
    i also use them
    they have a pretty cool feature: whenever a customer buy your ebook, e-junkie watermarks it with his/her name and paypal email, so if anybody wanna share it, he/she have to edit out these infos at first, of course it can be done, but it makes them harder to share your work for a discounted price or for free
    if you want, you can setup a few other things: don't let your customers print, edit or copy-paste your ebook
    yea...i know, it's not 100% protection, but it's something
     
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  6. Cloaks

    Cloaks Regular Member

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    Thanks for the information, especially from you, HoneyBird. It's seriously appreciated.
    E-Junkey sounds like the site I'll be using then. I heard good things about them.

    Also, will I be able to hold people responsible if I CopyRight it? Can I actually take down someone's site if they sell my eBooks? And also, would it be possible to copyright the actual page so someone doesn't just rip the salespage?

    Anything else I should know when writing my own eBooks and salespages and selling, compared to selling affiliate products? Any tips / etc. would be appreciated a lot!
    Also, is it worth it to write my own products and salespages in your opinion? I'm a pretty quick writer and I don't do mistakes.
     
  7. savvypro

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    Sales letters, images, videos, the contents of a pdf document etc., can be copyrighted.

    Enforcing the copyright is down to you. If you get the copyright and someone copys you or sells your work without your permission, you could contact their hosting provider and payment processor informing them that the person has violated your copyright.
     
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  8. Lupusadvice

    Lupusadvice Newbie

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    Quick question concerning copyright.

    So, take here for example, there are links out to other file sharing sites that are obviously copyrighted content, but can BHW get in trouble for that?

    Basically, if the file is not actually hosted on your server, but someone has links to a filesharing host, then is there anything you can do?
     
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  9. Cloaks

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    Savvy, would that actually do anything? Could I force them to pay me money or anything like that, or would they just have to take it down? Because it might be an annoying task to have to search around for everything and manually have to contact people just to have it taken down.
     
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    it's worth to write your own ebooks of course, if you have time and you're a good writer (hard to find a good freelancer for this job)
    salespages...hmm...if you can do it by your own then do it why not, but if i were you i'd outsource this work, there are some experienced guys here to help you out with this work

    and one more thing you should think of, it's the resale right of your ebooks
     
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  11. Cloaks

    Cloaks Regular Member

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    Thanks again HoneyBird.
    I will be writing the stuff I'll be selling from now on, then.
    And I would not like to outsource people with the salespages.. They're the most important part IMO and I think most people really aren't that good at it. I'm studing marketing and reading books about it, and I really believe I can do a lot better than the people I just pay 15$ to outsource. I'd much rather have lots of sales and put some work into it :)
     
  12. savvypro

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    You can request a take down, it happened to a thread on here that was sharing the links to one of John Carlton's products, the downloads were being hosted somewhere else (in the same situation as you described).

    How much trouble you get into, depends on a lot of factors. For example: if they send the take down request to you're hosting provider, the provider may pause your account until you take it down. Or they could delete your account/server without warning and simply tell you to politely fu*k off.
     
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  13. savvypro

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    You would have to get the courts as well as collectors involved to get any money.

    As I said, its up to you to Enforce the copyright. You don't actually have to do the searching or sending out the letters yourself. you could hire someone else to do the searching and a lawyer to send out the letters and try to claim $$$ on your behalf.

    A simple method to outsource the searching is to use google alerts to search for unique sentences in your sales pages.

    Also take a look at one of Jimmy D Browns paid pdf products. On the inside it tells the reader if they didn't purchase the product from a specific URL, that they should report the person that sold them their copy - in return for being allowed to keep the copy legally.

    Not sure if this actually works as it's dependant of the person reading the request to actually report the violation. But it's another way of getting other people to do the work for you.
     
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  14. Cloaks

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    Okay, thanks a lot for the responses - Helped me out a lot.
    If there is anything else I should know, or any tips you'd like to give then that is appreciated as well.