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I want to add a box with some copyright statement at the bottom of my paper. What is the easiest/best way to do this?

Ideally, the box would have the width of the text, and be horizontally centered. Also, I don't want it to interact with any potential (IEEE-based) style files that might set footers etc.

(I've looked into the fancyhdr package, but \fancyfoot{copyright statement...} puts a footer at every page except the first one; and I only want the statement to appear on the first page)

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You can do this in several ways; for example you can use the textpos, or the atbegshi package, or TikZ. Here's an example using TikZ:

\documentclass{IEEEtran}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\newcommand\copyrighttext{%
  \footnotesize text text text text text text text text text text text text
   text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text
   text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text
   text text}
\newcommand\copyrightnotice{%
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
\node[anchor=south,yshift=10pt] at (current page.south) {\fbox{\parbox{\dimexpr\textwidth-\fboxsep-\fboxrule\relax}{\copyrighttext}}};
\end{tikzpicture}%
}

\begin{document}

\copyrightnotice
\lipsum[1-10]

\end{document}

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Thanks for your answer, and clean solution. Do you see any (dis)advantage of using TikZ over the textpos solution I wrote down? –  Rabarberski May 14 '12 at 15:51
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@Rabarberski: one disadvantage is that PGF/TikZ is a much "heavier" package to load than textpos. –  Gonzalo Medina May 14 '12 at 15:55

For IEEE conference format, you ca use:

\IEEEoverridecommandlockouts
\IEEEpubid{\makebox[\columnwidth]{978-1-4799-2442-4/13/\$31.00 \copyright 2013 IEEE \hfill} \hspace{\columnsep}\makebox[\columnwidth]{ }}

just after:

\begin{document}

You can find some more practical information in this blog post, and in the original IEEEtran class howto.

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Is there a specific advantage to using the \IEEEpubid? –  Rabarberski Sep 23 '13 at 7:15

I've been googling some more, and bumped into the package textpos, which gave me a workable solution (don't know if it is the 'best' one). It requires me to tweak the position and width of the box, but that's okay.

\documentclass{IEEEtran}
\usepackage[absolute,showboxes]{textpos}

%set unit to be pagewidth and height, and increase inner margin of box
\setlength{\TPHorizModule}{\paperwidth}\setlength{\TPVertModule}{\paperheight}
\TPMargin{5pt}

%define \copyrightstatement command for easier use
\newcommand{\copyrightstatement}{
    \begin{textblock}{0.84}(0.08,0.93)    % tweak here: {box width}(leftposition, rightposition)
         \noindent
         \footnotesize
         \copyright  IEEE, 2012. Blablablablabla ... more text goes here
    \end{textblock}
}


\begin{document}
     \copyrightstatement
     \title{Title of my paper}
     and all the rest...
\end{document}
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