We’ve all see the little C inside a circle, the symbol for Copyright. But when and where are you supposed to use it? I’ve seen it on individual blog posts, pasted into article resource boxes, and even on a few custom headers. After doing a little research, I have the answer. You might be surprised to learn….
You really don’t need to use it at all! Yes. I know. It freaked me out, too. Especially when you see that little bugger everywhere you turn. And now I find out it’s not even necessary. Hold on. Let me explain.
That little symbol used to be necessary but the laws have changed – all over the world. Now, the second you publish anything the copyright is immediately yours. Sound a little hard to believe? Yeah. I thought so, too. Sorry. But I just don’t trust it. That’s why you still see a copyright symbol on my blog and you’ll always see it on anything I publish anywhere else, too.
Now, what’s the proper way to display the copyright symbol?
Well, since you don’t actually need it anymore I suppose you could throw it up there in your header or even use it for tiled background image. Personally, though, I prefer the old tried-and-true…
If you don’t have the little © symbol you can type it out like this:
Copyright 2013 Stephane Kerwer or
Copyright 2013 Dukeo.com
If you do have the little © symbol, you can set it up like this:
© 2013 Stephane Kerwer or
© 2013 Dukeo.com
The symbol, or the word “copyright” always comes first, followed by the year of publication, followed by either your name or the name of your website.
If your copyrighting a publication that includes content published over a period of years, then specify those years as follows:
Copyright 2009 - 2013 Stephane Kerwer or
Copyright 2009 - 2013 Dukeo.com
© 2009 - 2012 Stephane Kerwer or
© 2009 - 2012 Dukeo.com
If you’re on a PC, the keyboard shortcut for the copyright symbol is alt + ctrl + C. If you on a MAC it’s OPTION + G. Or, you can go to your Word Processing program, open a new text document, then click on Insert ? Special Character ? and scroll down, find the symbol and click. If you need the character for another platform you can then copy and paste it from your Word document.
If you’re worried about protecting your content from being plagiarized online and possibly resulting in duplicate content, you really don’t need to worry. Duplicate content refers to content that’s used in more than one place on the same blog or website. However, that “copy” out there could water down your rankings. Contact the site owner and ask them to remove your content and if they refuse, file a DMCA with Google.
Go ahead and display a copyright notice and back it up by getting a Google Author account. Simply register and set up your profile and then link to your About Me page on your blog. That reinforces for the Google bots that you are the original creator of that content and if they see it posted somewhere else it helps protect your ranking.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!