In the European legal area, exploitation rights inherently belong to the author of a work. She does not have to do anything else. In the American legal area, things are different. There, every work falls into the ‘public domain’ by default. Only when the author actively claims her ‘copyright’, the work belongs to her.
But what happens with original European works in the American legal area? Without claiming authorship, they probably fall into the public domain. So an author is well advised to mark her European publications with a copyright notice, even if this seems superfluous from the European viewpoint.1 And so she should keep it with her Internet sites.
- Copy the following code into
functions.phpof your child theme:
// CR-LINE register_sidebar(array( 'name' => esc_html__('Footer Copyright Line', 'bootscore'), 'id' => 'footercrline', 'description' => esc_html__('Add widgets here.', 'bootscore'), 'before_widget' => '<div class="container"><small>', 'after_widget' => '</small></div>', )); // CR-LINE
- Copy the file
footer.phpinto your child theme.
- Replace the following lines:
<div class="container"> <small>© <?php echo Date('Y'); ?> - <?php bloginfo('name'); ?> </small> </div
- by the lines:
<?php if (is_active_sidebar('footercrline')) : ?> <div class="small"><?php dynamic_sidebar('footercrline'); ?></div> <?php endif; ?>
- Add a text box to the new widget Footer Copyright Line arising under Appearance/Widgets.
- Enter a text line starting with ‘©’ YEAR Author-Name’.
Of course, you may also edit your copyright line directly in the file
footer.php on HTML/PHP level2. The bootScore authors prefer this method.
I myself choose this “detour”, because I like to add license notes to my line, which I also want to be able to change quickly. To download
footer.php from the production system, editing it, and uploading it again is too much work for me.
It would be even better if bootScore offered this way. Then we could save, copying the file
footer.php into our child theme. And the fewer files we manage in our child theme, the easier it is for us to upgrade to the next bootScore version. However, its authors have a different opinion on this. They say
footer.php already contains 5 widgets, which is more than enough.3 Maybe there are other reasons against my way. If I see them, I will mention them here.
Finally, there is the question of location and copyright sign in the line. In this case, the form is rather secondary: you are not obliged to use the HTML tag $copy; for ©. You can also use images like or — very old-fashioned — the string
(C). You also do not need to add a town or a country. In case of dispute, you only have to prove that You are You. That’s why I often add my place of residence and my nation. Does that work? No idea. I’m not a lawyer and I don’t give advice; I just tell. And I have never been involved in a dispute.
- Therefore the FSF says that the free GNU software is first put under copyright and then becomes copyleft software by means of the GPL. [↩]
- in the lines named above as to be deleted [↩]
- cf. discussion #389 [↩]