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How To Copyright Your PowerPoint Slides

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I sat through about 20 PowerPoint presentations yesterday (feel free to snicker now.)

As I was sitting in the audience, I noticed one thing that kept annoying me. A number of the presentations said Copyright “SOMETHING_OTHER_THAN_2004″ in the footer. I’ve noticed this a lot recently, as footers seems to have “Copyright 2002″, “Copyright 11/02″ or simply “4/12/03″. You’d think that PowerPoint would have an autocorrect rule for “Copyright.”

I know this borders on “nerd pet peeves”, but there you have it. There’s only one correct way to copyright something – it’s “© YEAR Company_Name.” If the presentation contains multiple years of work, then you should include both the first year of copyrightable material to current day (e.g. © 2002-2004 Company_Name).

Consider my pet peeve vent satisfied.

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  • Dave Jilk

    I noticed that too. Putting aside any legal issues, it made me wonder what else in their slides was factually incorrect!!

    It’s also the case that the material is copyrighted whether or not you have the notice included. In the US, copyright “follows the pen across the page.”

  • paul hale

    hello,

    it would be very helpful if this site contained the specifics on copyrighting your powerpoint presentation. the above link

    “how to copyright your powerpoint slides merely returns me to the same page; the other links requires much scrolling.

    thaks for your help and work! good luck!

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