I almost managed to not to write my annual "please update the copyright on your website" post. Matt Blumberg even called me out for being off my game this year. But this morning, after seeing the 5,323rd Copyright 2007 message of the year, I decided I could no longer resist the urge to shout at the top of my lungs: "It’s 2008 – update your copyright." Oh – by the way – you are a software or web company – there’s a way to do this so it gets automatically updated – it’s called "using a variable for the year."
This has now been a pet peeve of mine since 1980. Did you know that the use of the copyright notice has been optional since 1989 as a result of the 1988 Berne Convention Implementation Act? Think of what you could use all of those pixels for.