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    Copyright Notice
    Now that the year is changed, is it necessary to change the copyright notice on the footer of all my pages?

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    I do just in case, takes in the region of 5 seconds, maybe less if you know instinctively where the "5" key is.

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    In my case it's sheer laziness and bad site design that means I haven't done it yet. It's not strictly necessary, because a site under copyright in 2004 would still have meaningful protection for the lifetime of the site. But it does look sloppy.
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    If you have PHP:

    (C) 2000-<?=date("Y");?>

    Just substitute 2000 for the year your site was created. If it's the same year as the current, just drop the first part until the next year. The little PHP bit pulls the current 4 digit year from the server.

    This also assumes your server's date is correct.

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    I would tend to change it because it gives the impression that you are keeping up with your websites rather than letting them go out of date. Just looks a little bit better.

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    IF you have asp <%=year(now)%>

    Great stuff when you are supporting a ton of sites. In my last "job" our department supported nearly 300 sites. When I took over the department, they had the date in html hard coded on about 30 pages per site. It took 2 technicians nearly the month of January to get all of the pages updated.

    I started on January 2 in that position and by the time I had a chance to review all of the garbage that was there, they were 75% finished so I didn't bother to tell them that 3 weeks of work could have been accomplished in 0 time with the right code. I didn't want to have a couple of guys jump off a ledge or anything.
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    On my site I have "copywrite since 1998"

    That way I don't have to change it every year.
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    I like the old dates, shows the site has been there awhile or use both © 1999-2005

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    I personally use the 1999-2005 format...I want visitors to see we have been established awhile, but also that we are keeping current. Nothing turns me off like a site with a copywrite from several years ago...makes it look abandoned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebudae
    On my site I have "copywrite since 1998"

    That way I don't have to change it every year.
    But as noted below, that doesn't reassure visitors that your site is current. When I am looking for information or sites to shop from, I always check the copyright date for a clue if I am on an old or new site.
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    yeah but with people putting auto dateing in the copywrite a site can be dead for 5 years and still have a current copywrite

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    By the way I see some of you use Copyright or Copywrite
    Which is the correct way. Although in my above post it says Copywrite I always thought it to be Copyright.

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    It's copyright. The rights to make copies belong to the owner of the copyright.

    Also, copyrights protect more than "writing." Artwork and audio works are also covered.

    And the official site is www.copyright.gov .
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