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  • # January 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    how do i protect the website?

    # January 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    @r2jeff That’s very vague. Can you elaborate on what you mean by “protecting the website”?

    # January 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    1.) Find a host that has a good firewall and DDOS protection (my preference is CSF or config server firewall)

    2.) Ensure all your passwords are encrypted using software like 1Password or LastPass

    3.) If you use software such as WordPress install something like WordFence to detect file changes and block people when they do bad things

    # January 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    A website or any work created entirely by you is automatically protected the second you finish it. When you copyright something its simply PROOF that shows you were the primary creator of the website, and serves as evidence in the courtroom. So your website is already protected, but if in the future someone steals your work and you sue, Then i would recommend filing for copyright protection at “copyright.gov” its 60 bucks.

    # January 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    @Jarolin That’s not entirely true or possible.

    # January 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    @chrisburton in what way?

    # January 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    @Jarolin

    > A website or any work created entirely by you is automatically protected the second you finish it.

    How can you copyright something you don’t own?

    # January 17, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    You do own it if you created it. Its your property just like your house or car, and its illegal for anyone you don’t approve to take it.

    # January 17, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    @Jarolin Not true. You can’t copyright technology you don’t own (html/css). Some languages you can but not those I just stated.

    Copyright law is a little more complex than just saying “everything you create, you can copyright”.

    # January 18, 2013 at 1:26 am

    @Jarolin
    @chrisburton right – exactly when can you say you’ve “created it”? What if you used a CMS? What if you used a line of code somewhere that someone [copy-left'd](http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/)?

    # January 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    @chrisburton @traq i’m not saying you can copyright the entire HTML language. Only the design and appearance that makes up your website. Here’s an explanation from the copyright office itself>

    The original authorship appearing on a website may be protected by copyright. This includes writings, artwork, photographs, and other forms of authorship protected by copyright. Procedures for registering the contents of a website may be found in Circular 66, Copyright Registration for Online Works.

    # January 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Images and copy go without saying.

    Original authorship is the keyword that might not hold up in court since most sites have designs based on another. From reading above, you’re implying that once you create a site, you can slap a copyright symbol on there and that protects you from someone else using your layout. So what I’m saying is, how can you prove you didn’t copy some of that code which doesn’t necessarily make it originally authored by you.

    You might be thinking of Trade Dress which still may be hard to prove.

    # January 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Something else to consider is that none of us know what the actual question was.

    @r2jeff asked a very vague, open-ended question and then disappeared.

    # January 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Like he said. The moment you create it its yours. I got a copyright too. I tried for few years to stay ontop of it. But finally gave up. 200 people a year is too much to deal with. The truth is unless protecting it is your part time job, everyone will take it if its good.

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