I saw someone on a forum giving a blogger really bad advice today - essentially that sticking a stupid Copyscape banner (like the one below) will actually somehow protect their content for them. That's such a load of BS.
Here's what sticking a Copyscape banner on your site really says:
- Go ahead and steal my site content, b/c I'm quite obviously not aware of how copyright protection really works.
- I'm slapping this thing on my site to show you how cheap I am, so you'll be absolutely certain that I can't or won't spend a dime actually defending my copyright.
- I'm enough of a dunce to believe that Copyscape has anything at all to do with whether or not something published is legal or not (passing Copyscape does not mean a rewrite of an article is legal - in the US changing no set percentage makes it legal without the original copyright holder's permission). It's like you're advertising "Don't steal my content.... UNLESS you violate intellectual property law just enough to pass Copyscape."
Seriously people... stop cheapening your sites. A simple, good, old-fashioned copyright notice is more than enough (you don't even need that much to be protected), it's more professional, and it doesn't go out of its way to make you look like you have no business in Web publishing anyway.