[wp-hackers] Update your copyright notices today!

Chris Williams chris at clwill.com
Tue Jan 1 16:12:08 GMT 2008

Copyright is not the date of creation, it is the date of "publication" [1].
Many works get their copyright renewed with each new republication (see much
of Disney's material).

Arguably, a WP page is "published" each time it is generated for the user.
But this has not been legally tested and such display could be considered
simply "public performance" (see [1], and the section "publication").

So using a dynamically presented copyright date seems completely
appropriate.  However, if you read [1] further, you'll see that printing a
date of copyright is optional, so this whole discussion may be moot.

IANAL, YMMV, this is all US-biased, etc., etc.


[1] http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html

> From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo at metalab.unc.edu>
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Update your copyright notices today!
> Copyrights do not change just because the year changes. New posts in
> 2008 should have a 2008 copyright. Old posts and pages should have the
> copyright of whenever they're created.

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