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How do I copyright a website?

For works first published after March 1, 1989, an author need not include a copyright notice to be protected under the law. Although a notice is not required, it’s super worth it for you to obtain one and list it on your website. When a work contains a valid copyright notice, an infringer cannot claim in court that s/he wasn’t aware the work was copyrighted. Thus, an author has a greater chance to win a copyright infringement case and spend much less litigating in the process if s/he has a copyright notice.

If a work is created on or after January 1, 1978 then it is protected for a term of the life of the author plus 70 years. However, if the work is a “work for hire” or is published under a pseudonym, the copyright lasts between 95 and 120 years, depending on the date the work is published.

Regarding your specific question, the U.S. Copyright Office actually answered it in a Q&A on its website:

“The original authorship appearing on a website may be protected by copyright. This includes writings, artwork, photographs, and other forms of authorship protected by copyright. Procedures for registering the contents of a website may be found in Circular 66, Copyright Registration for Online Works.”

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