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How to Copyright a Website

How to Copyright a Website
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Good copyright protection in your website. It’s the right way to protect the original website content. Includes web pages, images, and any unique writing.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to copyright a website in the United States. The content in this post should not be considered legal advice.

What does copyright on the site mean?

Digital content on any website can be considered intellectual property. This means that items like a blog post are covered. Copyright law automatically applies the moment your website grows.

However, copyright infringement laws only apply upon registration. You can take legal action if your content is stolen or stolen.

Be aware that registering your website with the US Copyright Office only covers content upon registration. Anything added later needs another registration.

There are other things to consider as well. Like the fact that copyright law does not automatically recognize websites. Unless they meet certain requirements.

What are the benefits of having a copyright notice on my site?

It is important to place a website, blog or even a social media copyright notice. Here are four reasons. Use the copyright symbol or word.

  • It tells people that working on the site is intellectual property and you have a right to it.
  • It makes it easier if you need to go ahead with a copyright infringement lawsuit.
  • If someone wants to use your content, a copyright notice makes it easier to communicate with you.

It is a public record that you own the content.

How do I copyright my website?

Going through the process of your website provides you with the above copyright protection.

The copyright notice consists of the associated symbol or the word copyright used. You do not need to register it for it to exist. However, registration with the United States Copyright Office provides more legal weight.

A valid copyright notice needs a date or date range and a statement of rights. In addition to the three items below. These are the elements of copyright law.

copyright symbol

You can type the copyright letter and use the whole word or this abbreviation, cooper.

Year of Publication

Publication year is another part of the copyright notice. It is the year the website is published or published.

Copyright owner name

Copyright laws include publishing the owner’s name. The property rights usually go to the owners of the site.

Do I need to register my copyright notice?

Your website is a valuable asset to any small business. Copyright protection begins when you save your website file. You are automatically protected when this happens.

Registration with the Copyright Office (mentioned above) is voluntary. However, if you want to file a lawsuit for the infringement in America, you need to register such a notice.

How to register a copyright for a website

First you need to select the copyrighted content that is protected by copyright. Things like web pages with original content. Here’s a beginner’s video that covers some legal information and copyright ideas.

Read about more steps.

1. Submit a copyright request

The US Copyright Office is where you need to go. Specifically, the online registration portal. Look for the “Other Digital Content” category.

2. Pay the copyright filing fee

Here is a link to the fee at the United States Copyright Office. Website copyright electronic filing ranges from $50 to $65. Online it costs $35.

3. Attach copies of your website content

These are creative works. Therefore, you will need to include images, software, broadcasts, text, design, graphics, website layout, and any music and data.

Most websites are called a tangible medium that includes the original work. This means that it is substantial, not imaginary.

When does my copyright registration take effect?

If you register the copyright, it will take effect on the day the office obtains:

  • Implementation
  • deposit
  • register fees

Check these boxes and you can place a copyright symbol on your website.

How to create a copyright website footer?

Here’s how to implement a copyright website footer. Use the symbol or words on each page. Add the date as well. Do you use WordPress? Use the “footer.php” link to add the information to the site’s footer.

Examples of copyright notices

Here are three examples of website copyright statements.


Microsoft is one of the biggest players in the digital landscape. They use the company name and copyright symbol.


Verizon takes the simple approach to copyright notices. They use a small copyright symbol, company name and date.

home depot

Home Depot takes a slightly different approach to their copyright notice. They use the copyright symbol and the full company name. But they added some notes about the terms of use and other information.


Can you copyright free?

The answer is yes. The copyright of a number of artworks can be protected for free if you do not register the copyright. Keep in mind that you don’t have an extra layer of protection over your creative work when you go this route.

Who owns the copyright on a website?

It is important that you understand something about the copyright owner of a website. The creator owns the copyright.

There can be side agreements for items such as computer software. If you hire someone and they build it, your work still owns the copyright.

There are business rental arrangements and terms for independent contractors as well.

What is the intellectual property on the site?

The term refers to the unique aspects of a website. Like the fonts used in the text and even the markup. Everything is created specifically for the site.

What happens if I do not copyright my website?

You will not be eligible for statutory damages and attorneys’ fees if a lawsuit is required. Original words and other items will not be protected.

What can you not copyright on a website?

The copyright symbol does not cover everything on the website, this is Copyright Law 101. These items cannot be covered.

  • Common information such as calendars, schedules, and lists from public documents.
  • Ideas
  • Names and nicknames

Even the name of the business cannot be included.

Is my website copyright good in other countries?

Copyright-protected websites in America do not have automatic international recognition. Below is a list of treaties and agreements.

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