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Discussion on: Friends Don't Let Friends Look Dead On The Internet

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Bart Karalus • Edited

I wonder how many people actually know what are the origins of this "standard" of displaying current year in the footer.

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Luka

Why don't you enlighten us?

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Bart Karalus

Well, I have no clue myself. I was hoping someone knowing more would shed some light on it.

Copyright notice used to contain the year in order to mark the time of publication of a resource, back in the darken days of internet. It also helped identifying the latest time for the rights to protect it. As far as I know it even was somehow defined in the copyright law, at least in the US.

Today though, when majority of websites are dynamic or user-generated, I find it difficult to justify this thoughtless chase to keep the footer's year up-to-date. :)