Re: updating copyright notice date ranges

Subject: Re: updating copyright notice date ranges
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 20:05:34 -0800

On 2012-01-03, at 5:25 PM, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:

> On 1/3/2012 4:24 PM, Tony Chung wrote:
>> when have you ever seen a
>> professional publisher put the copyright symbol BEFORE the word Copyright?
>> Never.
>>
>> © Copyright 2012 Tony Chung, Inc.
>
> Say what? The symbol must be prominent, so it usually comes first.
>
> http://www.cnn.com/
> © 2012 Cable News Network
>

That was what I said: The international
symbol and the word are synonymous.


> They are interchangeable in most copyright situations, but not for international protections. If you want to use multiple declarations of copyright, then use them all with the strongest one first. So, "© Copyright Copr." That's redundant.
>

When the symbol is used, you rarely, if ever, see the word Copyright,
and if you do, it usually comes before the symbol, not after. If this
has changed for legal reasons, then we have centuries of publishing
history to correct.

> Rights will only go back to the year the work was created and not to the beginning of the date range.
>
> If you are indicating a copyright on live content, like a web site, then you only need the current year, since the copyright applies to when the page was accessed and people are not going access today's content last year. The early date, I think, is for effect to show how long the site has been active. More specifically, since the copyright relates to the "copy" of the work, no one can *copy* a web site in the past, so a past year is not necessary.

That's fascinating, and makes sense in light of the fact the original
copyright law predates websites.

> ...unless somebody did something silly like make the year a variable for the current year.

Guilty. But that serves to highlight what you just said about the
copyright for web content applying only to the date of page access,
not origin.

-Tony
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References:
RE: updating copyright notice date ranges: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: updating copyright notice date ranges: From: Lauren

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