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How To Copyright Your Blog

You have a blog where you post your original content, but you’re afraid someone could steal it or use it in a way you don’t like? Then you should seriously consider adding a copyright notice to your blog!

Copyright is necessary to protect your original content.

But how do you practically copyright a blog? How do you add a copyright notice? Can you add it to your blog’s footer?

In this post, we’ll show you how to effectively protect your work, step by step!

blog copyright

First, let’s answer a basic question:

What is copyright?

Copyright is essentially the “right to copy”. It refers to the exclusive right – as author – to use your original work, once it has been fixed in tangible medium (for example, a photograph, a poem or a song).

Even though you’re automatically granted a copyright when you fix your work, the issue lies in proving that you were actually the author of that content. This is especially true when it comes to online content, because it can be more difficult to prove or enforce ownership.

That’s when a copyright notice can come in handy.

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3 practical ways to copyright your blog

Copyright notices can, at the very least, make a difference by discouraging others from copying or stealing your content and may even enable you to take legal action if that were to happen – especially when supported by your Terms of Use or license notices (if applicable).

Therefore, it’s always a smart choice to add a copyright notice to your blog to help ensure your original content is safe from misuse.

Here are the 3 best ways to copyright your blog:

  1. Add a simple copyright notice to your blog’s footer;
  2. Set a license: with a license, you can do things like grant limited rights to others to share or republish your work under certain conditions (e.g. ensuring that you’re credited when your work is shared);
  3. Create a Terms and Conditions document: it’s a legally binding document. Through Terms and Conditions, you can set further, legally binding rules on how people may use your content. Terms also give you the opportunity to add disclaimers and limitation of liability clauses to protect yourself against things like the misuse of your content.

How to add a copyright notice to your blog

Simple copyright notice

You can easily add a copyright notice to your blog’s footer. We’ll show you how to do it on WordPress, because it’s the most common CMS platform, but the idea is the same for other websites too: all you need to do is to add a text widget to the footer section, and then add your copyright notice.

From your WordPress dashboard, go under Appearance → Customize → Widgets and choose a text widget. Here you will enter your copyright notice.

The notice should at least include:

  • The copyright symbol (©);
  • your name as author or your website’s name;
  • current year or year range (remember to update it if your website is not dynamic);
  • a statement of ownership.

You can find an example of copyright notice wording here.

Link to your license or your Terms and Conditions

If your copyright notice is included in a Terms and Conditions document, or you want to redirect to a license, you simply need to add that link to the footer as well. Consider that a terms and conditions document often contains further copyright details and license information, so it’s often enough to simply link to your terms document.

The link can look something like this:

Terms and Conditions

You don’t know how to add a link to the footer of your WordPress blog? Don’t worry! You can watch this video:

 

Again, the video shows you how to embed the document on WordPress, but you can do just the same on other platforms.

How iubenda can help

Our goal is to make your life easier, so you can focus on your work.

Our Terms and Conditions Generator makes it easy to create a professional terms and conditions with the lawyer-crafted copyright clauses that every blogger needs.

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