Copyright puntuation

Subject: Copyright puntuation
From: Beverley Henderson <erleyedit -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 11:32:59 -0700 (PDT)

Help. Where I work, we have stirred up a tempest in a teapot by questioning how our current copyright notice is punctuated. Marketing, legal, product development, and business analysts/technical writers (and we don't all agree) are involved. We need a sane, authoritative opinion to settle the dust.

What is the proper way to punctuate this notice? What are the proper uses of the copyright and trademark symbols? Currently it appears on the company web site, online help, and printed documentation in various formats:

ÂCopyright 2006 Name of Company, LLC All rights reserved
 2006 Name of Company, LLC. All rights reserved.
 Copyright 2006 Name of Company, LLC all rights reserved
Â2003 Name of CompanyÂ, LLC. All rights reserved.

Only the Name of Company, (not including LLC) is registered because business structure (LLC, Inc., etc.) has changed several times over the years.

A related question: Are the words "all rights reserved" a sentence? It seems to have no subject and no verb, yet it "looks" incorrect without a capital A and a period. Is it imperative mood? or what? If it is "not a sentence," should it eschew capitals and periods?

Thanks all!

erleyedit -at- yahoo -dot- com

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