Copyright Notice

A copyright notice should include all of the following elements:  (1) the symbol ©; (2) the year when the work was first created; (3) the name of the owner of the copyright. 

1. BCPS copyright notice example:
© 2012 Baltimore County Public Schools.  All rights reserved.
Documents and related graphics may be duplicated for educational, non-profit school use only. All other uses, transmissions, and duplications are prohibited unless permission is granted expressly.
2. Student copyright notice example:
© 2012 Johnny Smith.  All rights reserved. 
resources According to the U.S. Copyright Office, a copyright notice is an identifier placed on copies of the work to inform the world of copyright ownership. The copyright notice generally consists of the symbol or word “copyright (or copr.),” the name of the copyright owner, and the year of first publication, e.g., ©2008 John Doe. While use of a copyright notice was once required as a condition of copyright protection, it is now optional. Use of the notice is the responsibility of the copyright owner and does not require advance permission from, or registration with, the Copyright Office. See Circular 3, Copyright Notice, for requirements for works published before March 1, 1989, and for more information on the form and position of the copyright notice.
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Office of Library Information Services, April 2012