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.
- 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
Louis Kroeck started writing professionally under the direction of Andrew Samtoy from the "Cleveland Sandwich Board" in 2006. Kroeck is an attorney out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania specializing in civil litigation, intellectual property law and entertainment law. He has a B.S from the Pennsylvania State University in information science technology and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.