# How to place a copyright note at the bottom of a page after the footnotes?

Similarly to this question I need to put a copyright note on the first page of a paper. I would like to have a similar \mycopyright command to set its text. However, differently from the other question, I would like the copyright note to appear after any other footnote of the page coming from the paper.

This is a starting point:

\documentclass[11pt]{article}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\author{Mr Someone\\University of Somewhere}

\begin{document}
\maketitle

\lipsum[1]\footnote{Some footnote}
\lipsum[2-4]
\end{document}

• Is in the page footer an option, or should it be below the footnotes and above the footer, with a footnote sep-rule even if there wasn't any footnote? And is it safe to assume that the first page is always the right one, even if the title takes up the whole page? – Skillmon Jun 22 at 19:20
• It should be typeset as a kind of footnote without marker, but after any other footnotes of the page. In the footer I have the page number. I’ll clarify the question! Yes: always on the first page. – gigabytes Jun 22 at 19:24

The following patches parts of LaTeX's output routine and is not thoroughly tested, use with caution.

The following defines the macro \copyrightnote, it places its argument below the footnotes. The formatting is copied from LaTeX's standard definition of \@footnotetext. You should call it either in your preamble or after \begin{document} (just make sure it is before the first page was shipped out if you use it). The patching of the output routine is only done if you really use \copyrightnote.

\documentclass[]{article}

\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage{xpatch}

\title{Some Title}
\author{Mr Someone\\University of Somewhere}

\makeatletter
{%
% place
}
{%
% backup to later restore it
% after the actual footnotes are placed we place something else
{}{\GenericError{}{patching @makecol failed}{}{}}
{%
% trick the output routine to think there are footnotes, even if there
% are none
\ifvoid\footins
\insert\footins{}%
\else
\fi
}%
}
{%
{%
{%
\reset@font\footnotesize
\interlinepenalty\interfootnotelinepenalty
\splittopskip\footnotesep
\splitmaxdepth\dp\strutbox
\floatingpenalty\@MM
\hsize\columnwidth
\@parboxrestore
\color@begingroup
\parindent1em
\noindent
\hskip1.8em
\ignorespaces #1\@finalstrut\strutbox
\color@endgroup
}%
}%
}
\makeatother

\begin{document}
\maketitle

\lipsum[1]\footnote{Some footnote}
\lipsum[2-4]
\end{document}


With a footnote:

Without a footnote:

• That seems to do what I need, but the complexity is a little bit scaring. Isn't there any package that helps with this kind of things? – gigabytes Jun 23 at 9:42
• @gigabytes none that I'm aware of (but I don't know that many packages), maybe one could built something by patching the footmisc package, I don't know, but that would just change the things to patch, not the potential complexity. The only hard part is in \copyrightnote@firstuse all the stuff in \copyrightnote is just copy+pasted from \@footnotetext to get similar formatting. – Skillmon Jun 23 at 11:42
• I see. Isn’t there a way to copy or use \@footnotetext itself instead of copy/pasting? What did you changed wrt the original definition? Maybe we can shorten the code by using some etoolbox patching. – gigabytes Jun 24 at 5:22
• @gigabytes I've changed the \insert\footins, removed the labelling mechanism related stuff, extracted parts of the definition of \@makefntext and removed the footnote mark from what I've extracted. Patching doesn't seem worth it imho. – Skillmon Jun 24 at 6:24

Not exactly what you need but too long for a comment/suggestion.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{eso-pic,xcolor}
\usepackage{lipsum} % dummy text

\put(\LenToUnit{.5\paperwidth},\LenToUnit{2em})%
{\makebox[0pt][c]{%
}%
}%
}

\begin{document}
\lipsum
\end{document}

• Thanks, this could be a start, but then I need to position the picture in the same position as a footnote and ensure nothing gets printed on top of it from the normal test flow – gigabytes Jun 24 at 5:20

You can use the package textpos, and define your copyright notice macro to insert a text block wherever you like. I use a similar command to place the company logos in my memos etc. Our company layout style requires that the logo is at an exact position, but since I always use A4 paper, it is easy.

My macro fix the text position relative to the absolute start of the page (0,0), so the copyright will end up at the exact place, whatever is written on the page.

If you need it differently, you can positioning the note relative to a paragraph, and you can calculate the position using calc syntax.

\documentclass[11pt]{article}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\RequirePackage[absolute]{textpos}
\setlength{\TPHorizModule}{1mm}
\setlength{\TPVertModule}{1mm}

\begin{textblock}{100}(35,280)
\textbf{#1}%
\end{textblock}%
}