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I am helping develop a simple static informational website for our homeowners association. It will have general info, some documents linked like newsletters that have been sent out in paper format and some images.

I have always wondered what exactly the term "All Rights Reserved" mean that is usually included in the footer of a website. Does this have any legal meaning today? (based on Wikipedia, I conclude not much) Do I need to include this? What happens if I do not? Do websites include this out of habit?

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As you noted, Wikipedia basically said all that there was to be said (No, No, nothing, and to be extra-clear in reminding potential copiers, respectively), but you can find more detail here.

Basically, according to the (pan-American only) Buenos Aires Convention, these notices were required for copyright to be enforceable. However, all signatories to that treaty are signatories to the (nearly global) Berne Convention, which does not require any copyright notice to be displayed.

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