The date used in the footer is static text. When you load the theme, the footer lists "2012 Your Site" regardless of current year and site name.
The attached file updates the page template file. Applying the patch gets me some whitespace errors, but the patch still functions fine and it updates both the year (to current), and the site name (to $site_name).
This is my first patch so any assistance correcting the whitespace errors would be appreciated.
- The patch uses an IF to account for any site where the $site_name isn't completed, however it appears this variable cannot be empty.
- The date used does not include a start date in addition to the displayed date (e.g. 2009-[date('Y')]. If this is simply indicating the current date that is okay. However, if this is to be tied to a statement of copyright/copyleft, it should include the start year (e.g. 2009).