Most websites have copyright lines on them. It’s a common practice even though it’s not technically required. Unfortunately, a lot of copyright notices are formatted incorrectly. A lot. (It’s a pet peeve.)
Why include it?
So no, by law you aren’t required to have a copyright notice on your site. But it’s probably a good idea purely to prevent confusion and more importantly, to deter potential infringers.
How to format it properly
It’s quite simple really.
But first, a disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. I don’t even play one on TV or anywhere. While I’ve read plenty on this topic and know the general legalities so that I feel confident enough to provide this info, I’m not liable or responsible for how you take this information. Again, I’m not a lawyer and if you have any questions, I suggest you consult with one.
Okay, on with it… Here’s the formula for the copyright notice:
- The copyright symbol - which, on a Mac you can easily type out by hitting Option-g, or simply type a “c” in parentheses like so: (c).
- The year the site was published/launched (e.g. 2016). This could also be a range of years (e.g. 2003-2016).
- The name of the owner/author (e.g. your company name).
- A “rights statement”.
The rights statement is not legally required but it doesn’t hurt to include it. Some options for this are as follows:
- All rights reserved.
- Some rights reserved. (This is usually accompanied by a Creative Commons License.)
- No rights reserved.
Here’s an example:
Yep, that’s it. Now go forth! And write out your copyright notice correctly! :)