© 2019 - Update Your Copyright Date

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Don't forget to update the copyright date in the footer of your websites.

It looks professional, current and that you care, when you take care of the little details on your website.

Several years ago I was 3 moths late before I remembered to change the date on one of my websites.

I spotted a copyright date that was over 2 years behind on a very popular website not too long ago. It just immediately makes you wonder about security and the website owner's current attention and involvement in the site.

It is not as popular anymore but I still like to also keep the beginning date on my authority site. (eg: Copyright © 2003 - 2019)

Lets have a great year!
#2019 #copyright #date #update
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  • Profile picture of the author mdshahinkhan
    This code will return the current year. So you don't need to change it every year.
    <script>document.write(new Date().getFullYear());</script>
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  • Profile picture of the author KimboJim
    I do always like seeing a website that's been around forever, but nothing is more concerning than a website with a copyright that's several years old. You not only wonder if it's still doing business, you also wonder if the owners even pay attention to their website.
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  • Profile picture of the author manoaratefy
    Hello,

    You can also perform it in the server side to avoid issues with JS disabled browsers.

    Example in PHP:
    PHP Code:
    <?php echo date('Y'); ?>
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  • Profile picture of the author dout
    Thanks for the reminder.

    If someone was looking for some work, they could contact sites with outdated copyright footers and remind them. If they don't know how to change it, offer to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maria Thompson
    Thanks for the reminder Janice, I have been updating dates like crazy today.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmericanMuscleTA
    Great reminder for everyone! I just use the code so I just set it and forget it.


    I remember I was on a businesses website not long ago and the copyright was from like 2007. Gee, it's been a loooong time. Makes you think if they're even still in business.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    what difference does it make. If I copyright something in 2015 why do I need to change the date every year. It makes no sense at all.

    Have you ever read a book. The copyright date is the year of the copyright and not the current year.

    Why do people get so focused on having a 2019 thread.

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    • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      what difference does it make. If I copyright something in 2015 why do I need to change the date every year. It makes no sense at all.

      Have you ever read a book. The copyright date is the year of the copyright and not the current year.

      Why do people get so focused on having a 2019 thread.

      al
      I guess if you never add any NEW content there is no point in updating the copyright date. I regularly add content and want to give that subtle reminder to plagiarizers that my work is protected.

      I agree that it is not that big of a deal and legally means almost nothing. Having an older date does give the wrong IMPRESSION though as others have commented. Isn't that a big part of marketing to do everything possible to give a good impression?

      I spotted a glaring typo on a home page for a product launch the other day. My first thought - "Rush job on the home page, was it a rush job on the product?"
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  • Profile picture of the author Maria Thompson
    AGMCCALL--I have a product I created in 2004, so that products date is 2004-2019, as I am always updating it to reflect todays changes in supplies and materials needed to make the items covered in the how to guide.


    When new content is added, then a new date should be used just for clarification for site visitors if nothing more.


    I would not want someone thinking my content is old and outdated, because this particular how to manual has been one of my most stable selling items so I am very picky about updating it often.


    That's the main reason I change my dates.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanash
    That's a timely reminder Janice. I look at transport websites in the UK for my job and it's surprising how many of them not only have outdated copyright information but under "latest news" the stories might date back three or four years!



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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    Superb thread, it's like a flashback to: $date->modify('-7 years');

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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Nice tip: Thanks Janice.
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  • Profile picture of the author fouziaakhter
    It is very much important to update the copyright date. Thanks for the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
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    Having an older date does give the wrong IMPRESSION
    To me it does.

    I spotted a glaring typo on a home page for a product launch the other day. My first thought - "Rush job on the home page, was it a rush job on the product?"
    I think this is a symptom of the "shiny object" chasers. I see sales pages regularly with horrendous "inequities" but when I check the stats on JVZ or W+ they have sold two or three thousand copies.

    Most buyers never even read the copy so no need for quality.

    I'm off to update my copyrights.

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  • Profile picture of the author BillyParadise
    And for the Rails crowd...

    <%= Date.today.year %>
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