The copyright notice specifies the terms upon which the copyright material on a website is licensed to users.
Countries which have signed up to the Berne Convention should ensure that there are no formalistic pre-requisites to copyright protection under their laws. For this reason, under the laws of Berne Convention countries copyright will subsist in a website even where there are no copyright notices. However, you should still include a copyright notice because it clarifies permitted uses of the material on the website, and under some legal systems a copyright notice will benefit you if you need to enforce the copyright.
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