Now, I know this is going to sound strange, but I have to tell you something: Not everything about setting up a blog is fun. I know, I know, crazy right? Some of the boxes you have to check off as you prepare your blog to go live (or update it's existing status) are dry, tedious, and sort of a snooze.
What is a Copyright Notice?
A copyright notice informs your readers or anyone visiting your site that your original work (written, photographed or otherwise) is protected by copyright. It allows visitors to contact you for permission to use your work, and essentially limits the possibility that someone who infringes your work could claim they didn't know you had a copyright. This notice should be visible to anyone, most likely at the bottom of site, on every page. The verbage usually includes the copyright symbol (“©”), the year of first publication (or post), and the name of the owner of the copyright (probably yours). Note too, that you can substitute the word “copyright” for the symbol if you like.
- Where Did You Get That & Two Kools
- The Man Repeller
- Tom & Lorenzo
- The Fashion Bomb
- Honestly… WTF uses a Creative Commons Liscence
- The Glitter Guide
For all of you blogging on WordPress.com, they've made their Term of Service available to all their platform's users (with a few simple adjustments).
*Update* One of our commentors mentioned that you don't need a copyright notice to have your work be copyrighted. This is true, so just keep in mind that your original works are always protected, even if you do not post a notice on your site. Thank you Sarah!
*Disclaimer: Information in this guide is based on general principles of law and is intended for information purposes only. It is not offered for the purpose of providing individualized legal advice. Use of this guide does not create an attorney-client or any other relationship between the user and IFB.
Most information was pulled from Citizen Media Law Project.