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Copyrights for Websites

What, Why, and How to have the Copyright Year on Your Website Footer. ©

[see video below from SPEAR IP ]

DISCLAIMER: This information is educational and is not intended (and should not be taken) as legal advice. Legal analysis constantly changes, even on a single fact. For any specific legal problem, please contact an attorney before deciding how and whether to proceed.

It’s a new year, and time to do your annual website updates. From updating team photos to broken links, there is one element of website maintenance that gets overlooked. And that is your copyright year.

This simple addition at the bottom of your site informs people that your site’s materials belong to you and are not to be used without permission. Accurate copyright protects your site and communicates to visitors that your site is active and cared for. 

So what is the correct year to put on your website footer?

Well, what year was your website published? That is always a good way to start. If you have constantly been adding content to your website, then your content could cover several years. Many websites will display a date range from their original publish date to the current year. 

If your website does not have new content or you haven’t added new content to your website since it was published, you should only have the year it was published. 

Check out the video below to learn more about what copyright year you should put on your website! 

To learn more about copyright for websites and more, check out these resources from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Copyright Registration of Websites and Website Content.
Websites and Website Content

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