Copyright setting field
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WordPress 3.8 doesn't have a setting for a copyright notice. Due to this, and to users wanting to assert a copyright to their work, many themes show a default copyright notice with an automatically updating year, for example so:
© <?php echo bloginfo( 'name' ); ?> <?php echo date('Y'); ?>
Any content that was published on a site and subsequently copied without permission to another site before 2014 would be hard to assert the copyright for, as the site states that no copyrights were obtained before 2014. Anyone who had copied the content in 2013 could benefit from this in contesting a request to remove that content or to pay compensation.
The other common default value, indicating all years from site founding to the current year, can mislead the other way. For a site without any original content publication in 2014, there's no basis for stating that copyrights have been obtained for its contents on 2013-2014.
Accurate copyright statements that stay the same when switching themes require a copyright setting in WordPress core.