2009 Copyright Public Service Announcement

I do this every year just because it’s a pet peeve of mine.  It’s now officially 2009 – time to update all those copyright notices if you haven’t turned the ending year into a variable.  What’s the point of these stupid copyright notices on the bottom of every web page anyway? 

Kudos to Matt Blumberg at Return Path for (a) reminding me about this and (b) having his copyright notices automated.  Google – not so automated.  Microsoft – not so automated (although Live appears to be).  Yahoo – automated!  Ask – not so automated.  Ebay – not so automated.  IBM – not so copyrighted!  I could go on but it’s time to go have lunch with my partners.

  • Thanks for the reminder. This bothers me, too, so I figured I'd taken care of automating it in the template for my company's website. Turns out I hadn't. Fixed.

  • anonymouse

    I've seen these posts for the last several years, and always thought "it would be nice if Brad included some instructions." I finally got around to updating one site, four more to go. In the meantime, here's a link to a primer on setting up the date as a variable in php:

    http://www.bloggingtips.com/2009/01/02/keep-an-up

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  • Yeah, I don't understand why it's necessary to update Copyright Notices but there must have been some logic behind it, I see it because the content is alive and it belongs to the valid source. That maybe the reason. Not sure, green valley homes I should study more about it hehe.

  • Yeah, I don't understand why it's necessary to update Copyright Notices but there must have been some logic behind it, I see it because the content is alive and it belongs to the valid source. That maybe the reason. Not sure, green valley homes I should study more about it hehe.

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  • LoI – I went for 3 and a half months without changing the copyright notice on my relationship site. Grrr… Usually, I'm pretty good at that too. Oh well, too much on the go I guess.

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  • Hey Brad,

    What's the point of adding the copyright notices at the footer. Do you think no one copying the website which having that notice in their footer? I don't believe the guy who come to your site for copying the text will go and look for those notices in your footer.

    Austin countertops

  • Got to love people who know what they are talking about! 🙂

  • I agree, its a pet peeve of mine as well.

  • Yeah, I agree, I've never understood the need for updates.

  • Another great post! I totally – updates can be very annoying…

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