10 May 11
06 Jun 11 5:41 pm
Copyright and disclosure statement- are they necessary?
I have a couple of questions about your website's footer. I was looking at Marks websites - WowBlackBook and DogObedienceAdvice, and I noticed he adds his copyright, and adds an affiliate disclosure statement to his footer. I searched the forum to see if I needed to have my website copyrighted and I found somebody's else post where they were asking the same thing. They wrote:
How do I copyright my website? Is it really necessary? Can I just write Copyright at the footer even without real copyright?
And, Michellerana replied:
By law, any original work is automatically copyrighted by the author. A copyright exists from the moment the work is created. But if you feel you need to protect your site further, you could register a copyright with the US Copyright Office.
So from that answer I take it that I do not need to get a copyright because it's already copyright automatically somehow. But, does that mean you can just write in the footer that it is copyrighted? Or is that illegal? Do you have to go to the US Copyright Office's website and register a copyright before you can legally write it into your footer? I'm not sure how Mark goes about that?
And what about the affiliate disclosure statement? Why does Mark add that to his footers? Is there some law about that, because I've noticed other websites that don't disclose the fact that they're an affiliate? If there isn't some law about it, I don't know why you'd want to mention that.