Someone has copied my forum posts (50% of the forum) and I don't know how to protect my rights since I am not the owner of every forum posting, the users are. But I believe I am the copyright owner of the collection of these posts. Do I make sense? I am confused about how to craft my DMCA. If anyone has any advice or maybe an example to share, I would appreciate it. Thank you.
I looked into a copyright provision about compilations as suggested in one of the threads in this forum (Forum owners own the collection of the posts rather than posts themselves), however, forums do not qualify as a copyrightable compilation:
Here is the definition (all three elements must be present for the compilation to be considered copyrightable): 1. the collection and assembly of pre-existing material, facts, or data; (forum posts are not pre-existing material) 2. the selection, coordination, or arrangement of those materials; and 3. the creation, by virtue of the particular selection, coordination, or arrangement of an original work of authorship.