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How to Protect the Copyright of Your Website

This article "How To Protect The Copyright Of Your Website" is reprinted with permission from Michael Wong,
You have put many hours of effort and work into producing a great website. Obviously you don't want people copying it for their own use, which is why you will see copyright notices on almost every kind of published material. Copyright protection applies immediately when a tangible piece of work is created; software, books, videos, music, photographs, websites, etc. This excludes others from copying the work for their own use. Don't assume that you can copy something just because it doesn't have a copyright notice on it, though.

You should put a copyright notice on every page of your website. Your copyright notice should have 3 things:
  • The word "Copyright" and/or the symbol "".
  • The name of the copyright holder.
  • The year the work was created.

Some people also add "All rights reserved" to it.

You can also register your work for added protection. In the U.S., you can get registration information from the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. If you live outside the U.S., contact your local government office for more information.


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