It is a good business practice to add a copyright notice to your website to protect original content which you have posted on your website. When you post original material to your website (such as text, photos, graphics, logos, etc) you automatically own copyright in this content; however, adding a copyright notice to your website gives you extra legal ammunition should you need to go after someone for copying or using content from your website, without your permission. [In legal terms, using the copyright notice will defeat claims of innocent infringement.]
The general format for writing out a copyright notice on a website is: ©; followed by the year that the website was created; followed by your name; and then finally by the phrase ‘All rights reserved.’ For example: “© 2008 Janie Doe. All rights reserved.” Sometimes a date range is also used. For example “© 2008-2010 Janie Doe. All rights reserved.” Usually this notice is placed at the bottom of a website and remains visible on all the different pages of the website.
BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.
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