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2016: All Bloggers Must Do This January 1st

(That’s me writing the blog post you’re now reading.)

Are you a blogger?

Do you own a website?

If so, there’s something really important that you need to do.

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And, you need to do it January 1st.

Are you wondering what “it” is?


In order to find out, I’m going to ask you to do one little thing.

Only read this blog post for the next 5 minutes.

That means you can’t look at TweetDeck, Hootsuite, or your iPhone or Droid.

This will only take 5 minutes. I know…5 minutes is a long time for bloggers.




2016: All Bloggers Must Do This January 1st

All bloggers…and website owners worldwide, need to change the copyright date on their blogs.

From 2015.

To 2016.

On, January 1st.

That’s right: On January 1st, 2016, you’ll need to have a ©2016 located someplace on your blog.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a:

Business blog

Small Business blog

Start up blog

Entrepreneur blog

Franchise blog

PR blog

Social Media blog

Marketing blog

Online Marketing blog

SEO blog

Or, an Automotive blog 

You still need to have the correct copyright date.

If you want to protect your valuable and original content, that is.

Here’s the hashtag to use to remind every blogger around: #copyright2016

bloggers need to do this in 2016

All of the bloggers that write and/or own the blogs listed below need to do the exact same thing.

Ownership blogs

New York Times blogs

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Political blogs 

Finance blogs

Tech blogs

Mom blogs

Dad blogs

Book blogs

Author blogs 

Art blog

Space blogs

Travel blogs

Non-profit blogs

Blogging blogs

Writer’s blogs

Humor blogs



Copyright Information For Bloggers

I’m going to share a paragraph from the Electronic Frontier Foundation concerning *copyright law. It concerns what others are allowed to grab from your blog.

*I’m not a lawyer. Maybe someone from one of these law blogs can better explain blog copyright law.

Here goes:

The Copyright Act says that “fair use…for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.” So if you are commenting on or criticizing an item someone else has posted, you have a fair use right to quote. The law favors “transformative” uses — commentary, either praise or criticism, is better than straight copying — but courts have said that even putting a piece of an existing work into a new context (such as a thumbnail in an image search engine) counts as “transformative.” The blog’s author might also have granted you even more generous rights through a Creative Commons license, so you should check for that as well.”

Wasn’t that fun to read? Do you totally understand it?

Me either.

In the meantime, please share this blog post, so every blogger in the world doesn’t forget to change their copyright date on the 1st of January.

And, please use this hashtag- #copyright2016



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joel libava

I'm The Franchise King®, Joel Libava. I help prospective franchise owners avoid bank account emptying mistakes.
For 23 years, I’ve been showing people how to make smart, informed decisions on franchises to buy, and I can help you, too!
P.S. I'm not a franchise consultant/broker.

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