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Transfer of Copyrights

by Anonymous Monk
on Aug 24, 2003 at 20:39 UTC ( #286255=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to On deleting node contents

Out of curiousity, how would people feel about either transfering the copyright of their posts to the site, or automatically placing everything posted in the public domain? (or maybe under a creative commons type license?)

Take a moment to think about it. Many first reactions would be "Now Way! Never!" but for such small works, wouldn't it be better to allow all to improve on them as they see fit? Thank you in advance for your insights.


Comment on Transfer of Copyrights
Re: Transfer of Copyrights
by Ryszard (Priest) on Aug 25, 2003 at 14:19 UTC
    or automatically placing everything posted in the public domain?
    are things that are posted in public forums not already in the public domain?
      No. Just because I can publically access http://perlmonks.net/index.pl?node=Tutorials does not mean I can repost the contents without permission. Same goes for forums. Since perlmonks does not explicitly require you transfer copyright, the poster retains it.
        ok, cool. In this example tutorials is considered a part of the "infrastructure" of the site, but in a public forum, where things are publically posted, i figured the post would revert to the public domain.

        Update: I posted a little too quick, and had a look at dictionary.com. My understanding is the owner retains copyright on his/her work(s) unless explicitly stated otherwise. So, unless there is some kind of disclaimer with the work, its all copyrighted.

        To tie threads together: an option for The Monastery is to provide the service of hosting messages in exchange for a permanent, non exclusive licence to display, in their entirety, any messages which have not been deleted before the expiry of a period of thirty days from the time of their submission. This general licencing agreement does not preclude any other agreements being executed between The Monastery and any user or group of users.

        Some lawyer or paralegal can turn this into legalese. Or maybe someone from the SCA can translate it into latin.
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        Butlerian Jihad now!

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