If I post a poem on my Facebook site and someone cuts and pastes it on their site is that a case for stealing my intellectual property?

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Jeffrey Profile
Jeffrey answered
If they didn't cite the source from which they took the poem, then yes it is
Tim Meyer Profile
Tim Meyer answered
I'm not sure & I am NOT an expert...

Do some research...google "facebook copyright laws" and "DMCA - Digital Millennium Copyright Act"

If you wrote it, you don't have to "copyright it".  It's yours. It has a copyright. Period.  That might be difficult to prove but none the less...you own the rights.  Trademarks and Wordmarks are a different story.

If someone has posted your work on their site you can first contact them w/a "Cease and desist" notice...you can find them online.  Or you can hire an attorney.  If that doesn't get their attention you can contact their webhost with the same C & D.  And if that doesn't work, you can contact their domain registrar...again w/the same C & D. 

Just copy/paste their domain name into whois.sc.  Chances are you'll at least find the contact info for their webhost and registrar, and if you're lucky - the website owners personal info ;)
Harold Raby Profile
Harold Raby answered
If you have copy-written it you might as well write it on the bathroom wall. You have given it away. You can go to their site and link your original posting to their post in the comments. Good luck, let us know what you do.

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