The darker side of copyright

I know it’s cute to have your word processing program auto-correct “(c)” into “©” … but why? 1  It is FAR more common for me to see “©” in correspondence when someone means “(c)” than for me to see “(c)” when someone means “©.”  In fact, “©” when you mean “(c)” looks stupid and “(c)” when you mean “©” actually makes sense to me.  Then again, I don’t know why you wouldn’t just write the word “copyright” instead of trying to find the symbol “©.”

In any case, given how infrequently the “©” symbol is used in common parlance, why would anyone ship software to include this auto-correct?  If it were really that common, we’d have a key for it on the keyboard.

  1. Original title for this post:  “This post has been brought to you by the letter ‘C” []

One Response to “The darker side of copyright”

  1. Alex Willisson says:

    Keyboards haven’t changed in a while. Software lets us do things hardware hasn’t caught up to.

    Imagine if whenever you sat down at a computer, you had to study the keyboard to see what keys you had on that one. Possibly organized to the taste of the manufacturer. We already have that a little bit for laptops and it’s pretty annoying, and that’s without touching the main body of the keyboard.

    Some keyboards, like phone keyboards have started including @ (not shift-2, just a button) and .com buttons. I wouldn’t be surprised if desktop keyboards get changed eventually but it’ll take a while. Standards shift VERY slowly.