How to get Copyright Notices right
“Designers should always assert that their work is protected by copyright by using the © symbol on their page, in the format ‘© YEAR OF PRODUCTION, AUTHORS NAME’. This educates the public that you’re asserting your copyright over the work.”
This quote is from Patent and Trade Mark Attorney Stephanie Burns of Withers & Rogers and was in Elliot Jay Stocks latest article ‘Thwart the design thieves’ in this months .NET magazine.
I would go a step further, especially in the case of blogs where the production date is constantly advancing using ‘Copyright © PRODUCTION YEAR-CURRENT YEAR, AUTHORS NAME’, this can be written once and with a little simple PHP never need to be edited again.
<p>Copyright © 1998-<?php echo date("Y"); ?>, Your Name.</p>
Update as Cameron mentioned in comments adding Copyright to the start is probably also best advised to supplement the © symbol.