How To Add A Copyright Symbol And Notice To Your Website
I almost didn’t write this post, but then I remembered that one of the reasons I started this blog was to be able to compile all those little tips and pieces of information that I find through necessity, and then promptly forget once I’ve done whatever I was doing that required the information in the first place.
The problem then is that when the need arises next time I’m left wracking my brain and madly Googling, trying to find the same answers to those same questions, all over again!
So this morning, while playing in my blog, I realised I hadn’t updated the copyright year. It still said 2014.
My immediate questions were:
* Do I need to update the Copyright year?
* Should I have the year my blog began AND the current year in the copyright notice?
* Do I even need a copyright notice?
I’ve looked all this up a couple of times over the years, but here I was again, hunting down info on Google because I couldn’t remember the answers…
So I’m writing them down this time. For me and you. So we’ll know where to look the next time these questions come up 🙂
To add a copyright notice or not. That is the question
After a quick look around at a few websites on the subject, it seems that in some countries a copyright notice is needed, others it isn’t. In many countries these days it appears that there is an automatic copyright pertaining to art and other creative work such as music, writing and websites along with their content.
However, some of what I’ve read indicates that a copyright notice is still generally recommended even though it is not actually required.
So with the prompting from my research, I now remember coming to that same conclusion in the past (that it’s better to include a copyright notice), and that’s why I’ve always included a one in the footer of all my websites (you’ll see mine right at the bottom of the page).
How to add a copyright notice to your website
This can be really simple, depending on your theme. The theme that I use for my websites is the Highend theme which you can find here (and you can read why I love this theme in my post about using responsive themes.). It has a box in the footer settings especially for the copyright notice and I just realised that I can use a shortcode in there that updates the year to the current year. (Sweet! No calender reminder needed any more). You can see this in the image below.
Some themes allow for the use of handy shortcodes, others don’t.
How to create a copyright symbol
So, creating a copyright symbol is not hard. All you need to do is press the ‘Alt’ key PLUS ‘0169’ at the same time and you’ll get this: ©
Did you try it? Cool huh!
However, if you need to add your copyright notice to the actual html files of your theme using html code, you’ll need to use ‘ © ‘ or ‘ © ‘ which again will give you this! ©
And that’s all there is to it really.
P.S. If you’re really keen and would like to learn more about copyright, patents and trademarks, head on over to Amazon. They have enough books on Copyright law to fill a bookshop 🙂