Blog Copyright

Blog Copyright is a simple wordpress plugin by the Blog Traffic Exchange. It injects a copyright notice into the blog footer. You can see it in action on this very site.

The copyright notice automatically updates the year range as time goes on removing the need to ever revisit your copyright once the plugin is put in place…

For example, this website was started in 2008. So between the start date and the end of 2008, the copyright notice will look like this…

© 2008 Blog Traffic Exchange All Rights Reserved

Beginning in 2009 the copyright notice will automatically change to…

© 2008-2009 Blog Traffic Exchange All Rights Reserved

and so on and so forth.

You can adjust a variety of options including the starting year and the rights reserved statement.

I would like to thank Tough Money Love for pointing out the need for an accurate and legally binding copyright notice.  For those interested the notice requirement is in Section 401 of the Copyright Act of 1976. While the display on the copyright notice is not required in order to copyright the blog (thanks to the Berne Convention Implementation Act amending the Copyright Act of 1976), failure to use a notice provides an opportunity to an infringer to claim that the infringement was “innocent” and therefore can reduce or eliminate recovery of damages from that infringed by the copyright owner. This is a particular concern in the blogosphere where copying of content is rampant by folks who claim not to know any better. Use of the notice takes that “I didn’t know any better” defense away.

For this reason alone, not using a proper notice is silly.

For more FAQ about copyright see the US Copyright Office FAQ.

Installation

  1. Download
  2. Unzip
  3. Upload Folder to WordPress Plugins Folder
  4. Activate Plugin
  5. Adjust Options if needed.

Options

BlogCopyight Options

  • Copyright Header — Html to start copyright tag.
  • Starting Year — This is the first year the copyright existed.
  • Org Header — HTML to start organization name.
  • Organization — The name of the organization claiming copyright.
  • Org Footer — HTML to end organization name.
  • URL — Link to the organization website.
  • Rights Reserved — The rights reserved.
  • Copyright Footer — Html to end copyright tag.
  • Automatically Add to Footer — If no or your theme doesnt call wp_footer, then you will need to place the tag: <?php if (function_exists('bte_bc_tag')) { bte_bc_tag(); } ?>

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Blog Copyright Options

Blog Copyright Options

Change Log

  • 7/12/09 – 1.6 – Tested and Confirmed on WordPress 2.8.1
  • 1/22/09 – 1.5 – Refactored code to incorporate my learning and to ease long term maintenance.
  • 1/1/09 – 1.4.1 – Better displaying of html in the copyright statement.
  • 12/28/08 – 1.4 – Better html handling within options page.
  • 12/22/08 – 1.3 – Added organization header and footer.
  • 12/22/08 – 1.2 – Added ability to change organization and url. Pushed to into WordPress Repository.
  • 12/20/08 – 1.1 – Release to public.

Originally posted 2009-02-05 05:30:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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39 comments ↓
#1 Stefan Ljungwall on 12.21.08 at 8:05 am

Nice one, Thanks! :-)

#2 Garrett on 12.21.08 at 10:29 am

Thanks! Just added it to my site!
I will recommend this plugin to all my clients.

#3 fahirsch on 12.21.08 at 3:44 pm

Nice. I would suggest an option to replace the name of the blog with whatever string one desires.
Thanks,
Francisco

#4 kevin on 12.22.08 at 6:21 am

@fahirsch

Good idea… and I made it so you can set the url to anything you want to…

Version 1.2 with these changes was pushed into he wordpress repository or can now be downloaded from here.

#5 baron on 12.22.08 at 8:29 am

hi. Thanks for plugin

perfect.

Regards

#6 fahirsch on 12.22.08 at 9:13 am

Version 1.2 Great! By the way, you should modify this page so it reflects the new options.
A suggestion either for the plugin or users: when you put the Organization name, write it between strong tags so it stands out.

#7 kevin on 12.22.08 at 11:34 am

@fairsch

Another good idea… that has been implemented in 1.3

#8 fahirsch on 12.22.08 at 1:46 pm

That’s fast! Thanks again

#9 Richh on 12.22.08 at 3:10 pm

A simple idea nicely implemented!

#10 Rhoda on 12.23.08 at 2:27 am

It’s a great extra when combined with a Creative Commons License, albeit there still is ZERO legal Intellectual Property Rights in the US, anyway. It is in the House now, but Xmas and such. Thanks so much, what you do for us is greatly appreciated. Peace, Rhoda

#11 Tom Brincefield on 12.31.08 at 10:23 am

On a site I am working on, I want to have the copyright notice floated right. But when I try to add a class to the header line, it gets 2 \s added to the line. Instead of class=”alignright” it reads class=\”alignright\”

This obviously does not work for styling.

I also noticed that when I look at the source, there are 2 tags right next to each other. It is on the source for this page too. I am using version 1.4.

#12 kevin on 12.31.08 at 10:31 am

@Tom

Nice catch… I have confirmed both of these. I will have a have fixe for both by the end of the day.

#13 3w1nk on 01.01.09 at 1:59 am

great plugin, im using it..
thanks..
nice work..

#14 kevin on 01.01.09 at 7:10 am

@Tom

1.4.1 fixes the ” issue. Thanks again for pointing it out.

#15 Keira on 01.02.09 at 11:24 am

Great idea and hassle free! My kind of plugin – thanks for all the updates!

#16 Tom Brincefield on 01.02.09 at 11:35 am

Thanks for the quick turnaround. Unfortunately, another problem has shown up, but I don’t know if it is from your plugin or the theme I am using.

On the web site I have it on, http://www.brincefield.net/rc/, in Firefox the footer is broken if I add in the alignright class to float the copyright notice to the right. I have tried using div instead of p, both mess it up. Is this from the plugin or should I bother the theme creator?

#17 kevin on 01.02.09 at 12:06 pm

@Tom

I can say with confidence that the FF/IE difference in behavior is css related (your theme) and not the plugin.

#18 Rhoda Ozen VFP on 01.02.09 at 4:41 pm

Personally I prefer EFF, the ACLU or the Commons, they are free, legal and 0 work, I am a non-profit and every wee bit helps. No ads. Not very business like in 2009 to steal others customers.
Peace,
Roe VFP, advocate of IVAW, VVAW, VAT/Squadron13

#19 Tom Brincefield on 01.05.09 at 4:12 pm

Kevin,
Yes, that is what I am afraid of. I guess I will ask the theme creator to take a look at it, since php is out of my league. Thanks for the plugin.

#20 kevin on 01.05.09 at 4:19 pm

@Tom
The problem is not php… It is CSS (cascading style sheets).

#21 Matematik Özel Ders on 02.21.09 at 1:54 pm

Thank you for this plugi n so usefull

#22 Michael on 02.26.09 at 7:12 am

Great plugin, however I thought I’d drop you a comment to tell you that “Organization” on the plugin’s menu is mispelled as “Organizaion”.

Thanks for this easy to use plugin.

#23 windracer on 03.26.09 at 6:21 pm

It’d be nice to have the option that when the Org URL is left blank, there’s no hyperlink on the Organization name. I’ve worked around this manually for now, but I think that would be a nice (easy) addition.

Thanks for the nice plugin!

#24 guri spurcate on 03.29.09 at 2:07 pm

thanx 4 the plugin

#25 Anglina on 04.03.09 at 9:22 pm

Thanks a lot.
Really helpful for me.

#26 PC Guru on 04.14.09 at 6:35 pm

Great Plugin. Executes well.

#27 Dratteimmix on 06.03.09 at 6:08 pm

Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

I’ll be watching you . :)

#28 Robert Clay on 07.05.09 at 4:46 pm

Great idea. I have just installed the plug-in

#29 puja on 09.01.09 at 11:28 pm

Is something like this available for blogspot? i just had stuff taken from blog without permission and printed.

#30 ForstRose on 09.19.09 at 10:30 am

My blogspot site is in the process of being migrated to a Word Press self hosted site but I know you can manually add and delete portions of the code and formatting in your blogger template in the edit html tab under customize in the dashboard. If the developers can provide you with manual coding or a stock code that you edit to indicate you own the rights to the site. I set up a post template for my blogger in the options that has an originally posted by … at … which shows at the start of every post before the main content – this would be an alternate option to create your own for a blogger site.

#31 Derek on 10.12.09 at 10:59 am

Greetings, the color of text used for the copyright does not go well with my theme at all.

Is there a way to change the color of the text? Other than that, great plugin!

#32 Kevin on 10.13.09 at 8:54 am

@Derek

both the html placed on the site, as well as the css style sheets that apply to it are fully in your control.

#33 Al on 03.05.10 at 10:56 am

Please advise how to center the notice (currently left) and how to decrease the font size.

Otherwise, it works great. Thanks.

#34 rebecca on 03.10.10 at 10:22 am

i’m very tech unsavy and don’t quite get how to get this copyright onto my blog (on wordpress) ???

#35 Philippa on 05.10.10 at 5:50 pm

I’m like Rebecca – no coding experience or knowledge at all. I can’t find a plugins menu on wordpress, I can’t find a plugins folder on my computer….Argh!

Can you please point me to some plug-ins-for-dummies info?
Thank you!

#36 Kevin Gillett on 05.10.10 at 6:17 pm

@philippa

Your blog is at wordpress.com… WordPress.com is not the same as wordpress.org. They limit what plugins you have available.

#37 Philippa on 05.11.10 at 6:14 pm

Ah! Thanks for the clarification. I thought .com was where the blogs sat and .org was the support site. Such a rookie!

#38 Sandro on 11.11.10 at 10:33 am

Nice little nifty plugin. Will install it soon, hope it works with my 2.6 old WP version.

#39 La Jolla Restaurants on 02.14.12 at 10:21 pm

Oh, What a idea, i am just installing the plugin.

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