Copyright and Year script for your footer

Now that a new year is upon us, it’s time to update the footer on your sites to reflect the new year. Rather than insert the date, though, use this auto-updating script and forget about it. Each year, on January 1st, the date will roll over to the new year. (the © = copyright)

&copy; <script>document.write(new Date().getFullYear())</script>

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It’s great little piece of script and saved faffing about every year. Thanks @dave

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Nice time saver if you’re going to change your date, but you may want to at least add the original year of copyright. Oldest date wins in copyright disputes.

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I agree with you @teefers, I always though that copyright pertains to the year the site was created, therefore you have ‘protected’ the site from it’s conception forward.

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I can’t speak for other countries, but from a US perspective, straight from the source at copyright.gov, US law no longer requires the use of a copyright notice.

So, there you go - you don’t need a copyright notice at all if you’re in the US. I keep mine up-to-date simply because I like the look of it better than a date that’s three or four years old.

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Many thanks, Dave.

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Thanks for sharing!

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