Copyright, in *my* footer?!
[Note: This post applies to my previous Wordpress blog]
I struggled for a bit with what to put in the little black bar at the bottom of the page. I poked around at some websites that I like the design of. Two had the little copyright symbol, and one didn't.
I like the copyright at the bottom because it seems more "professional". But mindlessly mimicking professionalism is dumb. If I actually paid the $35 and registered my site with the Copyright Office, then I'd put that down there in a heartbeat. Still, I don't seem to need to do that in order to justify the symbol:
The use of the copyright notice is the responsibility of the copyright owner and does not require advance permission from, or registration with, the Copyright Office.
But, really, do I care if someone uses my design or words? No.
There are three things that I want down there:
- Notice that I was the one who designed and implemented the site.
- What year it was "born" (might be cool in 20 years to show that gabedurazo.com has been around that long)
- "Gabriel Durazo", to help search engines link this site with my name. "Gabe Durazo" (URL) and "Gabriel J Durazo" (In the header) both point here no problem, but not "Gabriel Durazo" yet.
But if I have those three things, I may as well toss in a © and be done with it.
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