WordPress Theme / Developer Bad Copyright Practices – Hard Code ?

One of the first things I change in every client’s theme is hard coded copyright dates. And one of the things that irritates me when I see it on WordPress developer, theme author and plugin developer sites is a hard coded copyright like this one.

hard coded copyright year

I mean, really? really? angry

The one year code is

&copy; <?php echo date("Y") ?>

and the span year code is

&copy; 2008-<?php echo date("Y") ?>

So you can’t be bothered to add such simple code but you expect us to believe that you are awesome theme and plugin developers?