Re: Copyright date in docs

Subject: Re: Copyright date in docs
From: ekandl -at- unitechsys -dot- com (Erick Kandl)
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 11:52:44 -0600

"Is there any difference legally between listing the copyright date as "1997,
1998, 1999, 2000" and listing it "1997 - 2000." (for docs that are revised

Not sure about a legal difference, but the most common usage I've seen
is to use a hyphen (e.g. 1997-2000) to include all dates. I've only
seen a sequence of dates used on the copyright notice page of "The
Chicago Manual of Style". The notice lists three different dates; each
date corresponds to when a specific edition was published.

If you want more info about copyright law, pick up a copy of "The
Chicago Manual of Style" and look at sections 4.9 through 4.13 and
4.25 for starters. If your company has an attorney, ask him or her
about the issue as they should have some books on the subject.


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