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Who owns your words? A resolution is needed.
I'm a little hazy on these copyright laws, but I do see the problem clearly.
- The Chatterbox is a public Forum, viewable (though not appendable) by Anonymous Monk, i.e. everyone on planet Earth.
- Therefore, posting to the Chatterbox is the equivalent of alerting anyone who willing to read your post of your words.
To me, this seems equivalent to yelling out something on a crowded street. It is doubtful that such things can be copyrighted. What I post in the Chatterbox will be used to judge me in some manner, no matter what I say, so my advice is simply this: say what you mean and mean what you say. I find that paranoid people WOULD be against a chatterbox archive project because their words may be held against them later (just like those porn photos you posed for in college "for money"). All to often, I find the chatterbox alive with humor (ala missing humor section) and really stupid and meaningless comments. Personally, I couldn't care less what is in the chatterbox, but I understand that others could and do.
My personal opinion is that what is posted in the chatterbox cannot be copyrighted (c'mon, that even sounds ridiculous). If you want to make sure that what you write is copyrighted, you should throw in a little (c) 2000 bob in your signature. I don't, because I don't care, others may. You may also alert others of your copyrights in the chatterbox in the same manner.
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