SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] Updated copyright notices
Re: [Sigia-l] Updated copyright notices
It may not build trust, but it can create a legal problem if you change the
I'm betting that if I asked our corporate counsel, they'd tell us that the
copyright date needs to reflect the initial date the protected work was
If you change the date to 2006, you're saying that you don't want to
protect it for the period before that year. If someone else claims they
produced the work first, this could be a problem.
More importantly, if you're adding new content but "pre-date it" by using
an old copyright notice that reflects before it was written, this practice
could be challenged as fraudulent and wouldn't help in the protection of
the content you're creating. Since the point of stating a copyright is to
protect your work, you wouldn't want to open this door to being challenged.
We use a date range [such as "(c) 1997-2006"] on our sites.
p.s. Thanks for the reminder -- I'm firing a note off to Josh right now to
update the range.
At 07:40 AM 1/2/2006, Eric Reiss wrote:
>Just a friendly reminder that this is the day to update the copyright
>notices on your websites. I'm always astounded at how many sites
>still have copyrights from 2003 and 2004. Not a good way to build
Jared M. Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering
4 Lookout Lane, Unit 4d, Middleton, MA 01949
978 777-9123 jspool_at_uie.com http://www.uie.com
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