Auto updating copyright

A short function that helps you keeping the current year in your copyright sentence.

function autoUpdatingCopyright($startYear){
    // given start year (e.g. 2004)
    $startYear = intval($startYear);
    // current year (e.g. 2007)
    $year = intval(date('Y'));
    // is the current year greater than the
    // given start year?
    if ($year > $startYear)
        return $startYear .'-'. $year;
        return $startYear;
Snippet Details

print '© ' . autoUpdatingCopyright(2001) . ' Jonas John';
(c) 2001-2007 Jonas John

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Older comments:

Bill March 06, 2010 at 18:59
If you notice, his will output a range of years based on the $startyear parameter.

So autoUpdatingCopyright(2006) would output


Your example just outputs 2010.

A matter of choice as to which you like best I guess... The range is common however...
Some)ne February 18, 2010 at 04:27
Is this not much simpler?!

&copy; 2009 - <?xxx $year = (date('Y')); echo $year;?>

(xxx = php)