a statement of ownership, recognising that one is responsible for what one says and that one cannot be responsible for what other people say or supply.

Opinions are expressed in the safe knowledge that everyone understands that opinions come from the author. Information from other people is shared with the understanding that everyone’s needs are different, and everyone’s experiences are different. Sharing is good; breaking copyrights is bad.

A mature way of saying ‘this is me; here are some ideas’.

Example Statement


Disclaimers are rather negative, don’t you think?

I’m very happy to claim my opinions and the ideas on this blogsite as mine and mine alone. You’re visiting my site and I’m pleased to share my thoughts with you. Check out my copyright statement to find how I like to share.

For more about positive claimers, visit claimr.



Copyright statements can protect work from plagiarists and pirates, but copyright can also help share work in a clear and easy manner. Creative Commons provides several different licenses to help you mark you work correctly for sharing and protection.

If you create or publish stuff, it is automatically covered by legal copyright – you don’t have to use the © symbol. However, by marking your work correctly with a copyright statement or a Creative Commons statement / symbol, you help people understand your wishes

Remember, copyright doesn’t protect you idea; it protects your actual work, whatever media it’s in. Patents can protect an idea.

Also see copyleft and Public Domain.