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Correct way of putting dates on Footer

   
6:20 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Can I put 2005-2009 Example2.com as my websites footer when I FWd the original domain Example.com to Example2?

Example.com was registered in 05 and Example2.com was registered in 09.

should I put 2005-2009 Example.com

I know the correct way is 2009 Example2.com but I want my visitors to know that the site has been live since 05 and I only changed the domain name/brand.

9:50 pm on Dec 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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i believe it is the content you are copyrighting, not the site or domain.
2:20 am on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Good point. But since many of us do not copyright the images and videos for our published content and use that symbol on our footer regardless, I was wondering which I should use. Which looks better...
2:23 am on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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We use the 2000-2009 for the same reason, so show how long the site has been around. Gives us some street cred... ;-)
2:26 am on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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so Maximillianos, if you were to use another domain on the same website in lets say year 2005 would you still write 2000-2009 and use the old domain/brand or write 2005-2009 with the new brand/domain ?
3:06 am on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm with maximillianos

We use an .inc.php that uses a variable $startyear that notes when the site opened for business and a variable $currentyear = date (Y); that automatically updates the footers.

"use another domain on the same website"
I don't quite understand this, but each domain gets a $startyear of when we took it live. We don't look for ways to 'pad' extra years. If it is a new site, we are hungry. If is an old site, we are established. LOL

4:48 am on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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dailypress - I consider the copyright mark towards my company's ownership of the content, irrelevant of the age of the domain.

So if you switch to a new domain (2009 registered), but it is the same company, same content, etc as the old 2005 domain, then I would keep the same copyright dates of 2005-2009.

You are not claiming a copyright to the URL, you are claiming a copyright to the content. Though in some cases you may have copy rights on the URL. But in general folks want to protect their content.

Note: I am not a lawyer. This is just my opinion.

5:20 am on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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using a variable for the footer is interesting. I never thought about that.

MaxiM: thanks for the info. So what I finally did was:

Example2.com (C) 2005-2009 Company, .... it looks much better now.

Now back to worrying about more important things, like going to bed to attend an early meeting. ;)