It’s 2007: Is it for your website?

By Steve Outing

Every year, without fail, either in my Editor & Publisher Online column or in one or the other blogs I write or write for, I remind people on January 1 to check the copyright tagline at the bottom of their websites. So many people forget to change it to the current year.

Well, for the first year since I started doing this I not only forgot to remind everyone else on January 1, I also forgot to check this blog. So for the first three days of 2007 my blog was still in the past. In fact, it even said 2005, since a server changeover a couple months ago was troublesome; I not only lost a month’s worth of posts, but somehow the copyright footer reverted to 2005 and I didn’t notice.

So thanks to Monique VanDusseldorp for pointing out my aggregious error and oversight in not issuing my annual reminder! I’m now back in the present. Are you?…

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!

3 Responses to "It’s 2007: Is it for your website?"

  1. […] My colleague Steve Outing recently reminded his readers to update the year in their online copyright notice. This made me wonder whether a year is really a legal requirement. So I looked it up. Here’s what the US Copyright Office says: […]

  2. Amy Gahran
    Amy Gahran 11 years ago .Reply

    One thing I’m curious about — do you really need to cite a year for a copyright notice?

    I just explored this issue in this Contentious posting.

    On Contentious.com, here’s how I handle my copyright notice on the default template throughout the site:

    “PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT: All materials housed at the domain contentious.com are copyrighted by Amy Gahran unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Republication in any media by permission only.”

    …No date. Whadya think?

    – Amy Gahran

  3. Amy Gahran
    Amy Gahran 11 years ago .Reply

    One thing I'm curious about — do you really need to cite a year for a copyright notice? I just explored this issue in <a href="http://contentious.com/archives/2007/01/07/copyri…rel="nofollow">this Contentious posting</a>. On Contentious.com, here's how I handle my copyright notice on the default template throughout the site: "PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT: All materials housed at the domain contentious.com are copyrighted by Amy Gahran unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Republication in any media by permission only." …No date. Whadya think? – Amy Gahran

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