Unfortunately, not everything about setting up a blog is fun. If you’re ready to treat your blog like a real business, 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.
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).
Also know that if you haven’t gotten around to adding a copyright notice to your site yet – don’t fear. You do not need to have a copyright notice on your site for your work to be copyrighted – your original works are always protected, even if you don’t post a notice on your site.
*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.