Drafting a copyright statement for your website is important, because it gives visitors notice that your website should not be reproduced or otherwise copied without your permission. Although a copyright notice is not technically required in order to be protected under copyright law, it is still a good protective measure for deterring infringement and identifying the right holder.
It is a good idea to place a basic notice at the bottom of all of the pages of your website. This basic notice should contain the following information: the word "copyright," the universal copyright symbol ©, your name or the name of the company that holds the copyright and the year of publication. It is common for some websites to list a range of years for the publication year, because many sites are constantly changing.
References & Resources
- Business Link: Sample IT Policies, Disclaimers and Notices
- Copyright Website: Fair Use
- Free Advice: How Do I Write a Copyright Notice?
- US Copyright Office: Copyright Notice
- Plagarism Today: How to Write an Effective DMCA Notice
- US Copyright Office: Copyright Basics
- US Copyright Office: Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright
- Daily Blog Tips: What Is The Proper Way to Display a Copyright Notice?
- Copyright Agency Limited: Sample Copyright Notice
- Free Advice: Websites: Writing the Disclaimers and Copyright Notices
- UK Copyright Service: Using Copyright Notices
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