How to Make a Public Service Announcement ... Yet Again

Yes. It's that time of year again.

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Reader Comments (64)

bring back the little C in a circle with 2012 after it! why do we have to have different numbers man

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLido

My mainstay annual warning the year is about to end is this post. In fact, it's a little scary how often it rolls around. You do know though Scott, you'll have to edit this comic for the year 10,000 bug - just a friendly warning in advance.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJawfin

It's the little things that get ya in the end!

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjf

Um... But if you make new comics that far ahead that you know this one will go up in late December, wouldn't you already know which ones will be up in January and adjust the date beforehand?

Because of the subscription service and newspapers, the strips are sent/posted to various outlets over the course of four to six weeks, so there's really no way to put a posted date on them. Also, copyright applies as soon as a creative work is made, so they'll always have the year when they were created. (The copyright date on this particular question would be a few years ago, as it comes up every December. :) ) ~Missy

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterADHadh

I remember when it was a little c in a circle and 2011. It was cooler then.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Is a smoking jacket really the most appropriate attire for a PSA? The announcement might stick better if you wore a suit instead.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

Back in my day, the copyright dates were built tough, in real American factories, so they lasted for years, no matter how much you used them. Not like today's cheap plastic imported copyright dates that wear out in just a few months.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMoog

Every year I see this comic it's a constant struggle to then *not* point out the date.

It's like this comic does nothing but draw my attention to it.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterton

It's so awesome when people reveal their buttons...[cough!] I mean when we have a chance to help out in some meaningful way.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeniy

I don't want to disappoint anyone, but the (c) is no longer necessary, since the USofA signed onto the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works back in 1988.

(post (c) 2013 Fairwinds)

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFairwinds

Wait, could you repeat that? I was overwhelmed by the smoking jacket yet again.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Perhaps there could be a spin-off comic, featuring the (c) symbol.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomasJefferson

Well, I'm kinda on board with Gregory Bogosian's comment about the smoking jacket. Scott, you really should dress more appropriately for these important PSAs.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterInfogleaner

You know, I'm slightly late with this, but this past January, you forgot to change your copyright to 2013.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStratagemini

you realize what you just invited, don't you? As an aside, try wearing a bowtie.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

I don't want to disappoint anyone, but the (c) is no longer necessary, since the USofA signed onto the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works back in 1988.

Necessary? No. But it is useful. If absolutely nothing else it provides a reference point should these comics ever become orphaned works.

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGDwarf

Sadly this is not the first time I have seen this comic, time flies. Another year already?

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTroller

I like the smoking jacket. It's a calm, reassuring contrast to the barely-contained hysteria in the dialogue. I can even imagine there's a cozy crackling fireplace in the background, and a brandy snifter. Now I'm feeling sleepy.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Boo, or ho-ho-ho, whatever. I can 't keep these dates straight.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I don't even notice the copyright date unless someone mentions it. Even then, I usually don't bother to go and check. I just read the comic because it's fun.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

I can't see where the other Scott (Adams) puts the copyright on his cartoon.
If it is such a draw perhaps you could rerun some old favourites like 4th July 1776. Or use a different one for each panel.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess Hurchist

The smoking jacket is ALWAYS appropriate.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Walters

Fairwinds, I think Scott probably likes a little 'c' every month ;-)

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobP

You could add a message next to the year. Like "Doesn't matter when you first saw it. It WAS copyrighted in 2013", or just "No, seriously."

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjolous

And every year, I laugh that this PSA is still necessary. Yes, my sense of humour is somewhat cruel and unusual...

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Moog, I'm here to inform you that you have just won the internet.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I don't care if it's not up to date on the stroke of New Year's Eve but I want my copyright as Roman numerals to be as "classy" as the smoking jacket.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTravelKev

I don't understand why this comic is (c) 2013 - I'm sure the exact same comic appeared in December 2012 ..... and December 2011 ....... and December 2010...... and.......

Note from Scott: Because I have to change it to reflect new dates each year.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRick

At this point, the appearance of this comic is just trolling for people to tell you that the copyright year needs to change. Well, I won't.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

This is one repeat that only gets better every time!

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

Imagine the hilarity that will ensue if/when we switch to metric time.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Ah the true start of the festive period. The annual copyright strip.

How we love to gather round a log fire with some mulled wine and read this years offering.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStevens

Obviously, it's deja vu all over again...

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

Where is the fund raising aspect of this PSA? "Your donation will help us fix this copyright problem."

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

Spin this into a fun contest: guess on which date in Jan 2014 that the copyright will first appear as (c) 2014 and win a copy of one of Scott's books (a draw amongst the correct date pickers)

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Never had the urge to post the original version of this comic again?
Imagine the response you would get when readers see the (c) 2010 copyright. They would totally flip out.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFreddy

Ah, metric time. 100 days in a year, 100 hours in a day, 100 minutes in an hour, 100 seconds in a minute... The rest of the world adopted it kilodays ago, why hasn't the US?

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterboB

The smoking jacket, the cravat, and the sinister stippling of the fingers . . . is it December already?

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

I don't know why, but this annual PSA makes me chuckle heartily.

/I will be complaining about "2013", though. You bet your ass I will!! :-D

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

This gets funnier every year.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterORione
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