homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member
Visit PubCon.com
Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / Professional Webmaster Business Issues
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: LifeinAsia & httpwebwitch

Professional Webmaster Business Issues Forum

who generally owns forum posts?

 4:24 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

do the individuals posting retain ownership? if so, does that mean webmasters have no legal recourse to stop scraping?



 1:28 pm on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

This depends on the legal agreement between you and your users. When a user signs on to your service, is there a checkbox they click to agree to some terms of service? That's where it should be spelled out.

It's typical for a forum to "own" all user-generated content. But beware there is a difference between ownership, copyright, and authorship. Each have their own set of rights and responsibilities. These are usually spelled out in a forum's Terms of Service or legal disclaimers.

Many forums (and other content sharing sites) do not claim ownership of user-generated media; instead they claim a worldwide royalty-free non-exclusive license to use the content. For example, Flickr does not own your photos, but by sending your photos to them you grant them a license to "use" them, ie store them and show them to the Interweb.

For example, WebmasterWorld puts this line in their ToS:
When a message is placed in any forum system, you are granting a soft license to the site to use it.
source [webmasterworld.com]

 5:13 pm on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

i'm assuming that's the case with the standard forums, such as vbulletin and phpbb?

does that mean if a site scrapes hundreds of thousands of our posts there's nothing we can do?

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  

Home / Forums Index / WebmasterWorld / Professional Webmaster Business Issues
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved