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How do you put a copyright on your blog for free?

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All blog content is automatically granted free copyright protection simply by the act of positing it online. However, there are other more visible steps you can take to secure your blog content, including adding the copyright symbol, ©, in your blog's footer at the bottom of the page.

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The first thing to understand is that, unlike a trademark like ™ or ®, a blog copyright does not require formal registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Any blogger who wishes to communicate material on a website is protected and can simply add the copyright symbol to the site for free with no formal registration process.

The simplest way to do this on a blog is to add the copyright language to the footer so that it appears on every page. The traditional format starts with the copyright symbol, ©, then includes your full name, your blog name and the current year or range of years over which the material is published. To reserve total control over the blog content, add the language "all rights reserved."

To share blog content more freely with others, add language for a Creative Commons license. Read carefully through the four types of Creative Commons licenses found on their website, choose one, then copy and paste the specific language and code into the blog's footer or side bar. This action gives other sites more freedom to use the blog's content while preserving some rights for the original blogger.

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