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Most websites have tiny text at the bottom of each page on their website. It is a year date with the copywright symbol. My questions are: Should this year date be the actual year (Copywright 2008) or the year the website was created (Copywright 2005).
Is it better/less hassle to specify a period of time e.g., Copywright 2005-2015?
Thanks for explaining me through this.
joined:Mar 3, 2003
Copyright © 1996-2008 Example Corporation. All rights reserved.
All those words were required. You could not drop any of them or use substitutes such as (c). I assume they paid copyright lawyers for that advice as I recall a lot of verbiage explaining why each word was necessary.
(I also had to make an entry in a company register every time such an assertion was made - it applied to software code as well as documents and website pages. I had to note the names of authors, programmers, including contractors.)
I don't think that other thread shows corporate usage correctly. The word "Copyright" always precedes the © symbol on the sites of major companies.
That doesn't mean that everyone in the company uses one style. :) e.g.
Copyright © 2008 Microsoft Corporation. Release: Thursday, February 7, 2008.
Copyright © 2006 by Microsoft Press Deutschland
Copyright 2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
© Copyright 2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
The Windows Server 2008 copyright statement [technet2.microsoft.com] is a treasure trove of variations, all on one page! Goes to show that publication these days is available to so many people in a large company that no editor could possibly get in the way and survive. :)
1. The copyright symbol, OR the word Copyright, OR the abbreviation Copr.
2. The year of first publication
3. The name of the owner, or an abbreviation or "alternative designation" of the owner.
In short, you don't need the word copyright AND the copyright symbol. You don't need multiple years. You don't need to include "all rights reserved." Note that these things are not disallowed; but they're not required as part of a legally valid copyright notice.
Are you actually going to copyright the website legally? The year really signifies that last known date of copyrighting. This is because after I think 75 years a copyright becomes invalid and become public domain.
Personally I tend to use '© Copyright 2005 Company Name'. I sometimes follow the published date with the current year purely to keep the content looking fresh.