Myfreecopyright.com will be a big disappointment when you seek copyright protection. Search no copyright protection and don’t register your work at Myfreecopyright.com or any of these free service sites at all. For this there are professionals who have knowledge about international copyright laws, such as DMCA.
This is an old publication from DEC 29, 2015. The party in question stopped in 2017. This publication now serves as an educational material. Never hand over your creations to a website to protect your work. Consult your lawyer for legal advice.
The article explain you why I warn you not to make use of the website Myfreecopyright.com, who is behind this scam website and how you can protect your work correctly.
What / Who Is Myfreecopyright.com?
Myfreecopyright.com is a free service where you are able to register your work(and upload creations) i.e. blogs, images, videos etc. that generates a MCN code. Like CBZEG-7QF41-MY14Z. The site claims it automatically scan the Internet on a regular basis to see if your creation is copied.
But according to the U.S. Copyright law your work is under copyright protection the moment it is made and fixed in a tangible form it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. In other words, myfreecopyright.com is unnecessary. The very worst thing is: People give their creations away to myfreecopyright.com. Do you know to whom you give your creation to? No? I can already see you scratching your head.
“People who upload inventions and creations to similar websites transfer title to the website owner(s)”
One thing that the website in question is good at, is hiding contact details. Don’t you think that’s strange? It would be very nice to whom you entrust your rights and creation. And what if you have a lawsuit? You will knock against the wall, not against the door. Already 899,069 entrust their work to an anonymous party, shocking isn’t?
Let’s reveal the identity.
Matthew Whittaker from San Francisco Bay Area founded Myfreecopyright.com on May, 2006 and registered the domain myfreecopyright.com on April 14, 2006 at GoDaddy.com. After 6 years and 1 month Matthew sold it to an unknown party. From 2012 the site transformed into a scam site.
July 12, 2012 on twitter, KazeLoon tweets someone has “HACKED INTO MY ACCOUNT AT www.myfreecopyright.com AND DELETED ALL MY COPYRIGHT DATA”
On July 16th, WorldNet NewsWires, from their twitter handle @WNNWs, gets involved by warning people to check their accounts because they may be gone. Soon after, it became apparent that the first tweet was true – MyFreeCopyright had closed out all accounts from before June 2012.
The New Owner of Myfreecopyright.com is Regge Chan
I found out that Regge Chan took over myfreecopyright.com. Because everything has gone so mysterious, I do not believe that this is about his real name. I have also his physical address:
Floor 11 Flat A 19
His name and address was both used as the administrative contact as well as the technical contact, but he quickly hide his contact details. I have also an e-mail address, which is still in use. It’s [email protected] Nice to know you entrust your copyrights and work to someone use ASS in his e-mail.
The person who is responsible for deleting accounts those were made before 2012, the person behind the cover name Regge Chan is David Siu.
The city of the profile match with the city of the old who is data of the domain name. No guts, no glory!
How Do I Copyright Protect My Work?
Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is made, when created store your evidence you created it somewhere safe. When i upload a video i screen capture(video) and create a print screen of the creation date (right click the file, properties, details) and upload information data on Youtube(under edit video). Articles and images too. I store it on my Google Drive which leaves also data. I use Open Broadcast Software to screen capture my proof of ownership.
Registration is only required when it comes to protecting ideas and discoveries. Copyright protects original works of authorship, while a patent protects inventions or discoveries. Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. A trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.
More info: Copyright.gov
Someone republished my work on his channel as his own, and was quickly removed by Youtube upon i’ve flagged the stolen content. But the thief took revenge and claimed my content as his own. He tried to create evidence by registering my video at myfreecopyright.com as his own. Unfortunately he forgot that the upload date of the original video will always remain older, in this case older than the date he claimed on myfreecopyright.com. This shows that everyone can register other copyright protected work as their own on this scam site.
My last advice, do you have an account on this website? Change your passwords on your social media, e-mails etc. quickly!
No More Victims
After the publication of this article the owner of the myfreecopyright.com decided to take his website down. Case Closed!