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Josep
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I like things clear :-)

But some lines above in your Terms and Conditions there's the following text:

"Any information or content provided on the Site (for example in the form of information in forums or blogs) is protected under copyright or other intellectual property right, owned by SSC or SSC licensors."

That's what I don't have it clear...
Mike C
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Actually any of your original published work, whether in print or online, is automatically copyrighted (at least in the U.S.) For something to go into the public domain, you either have to specifically renounce your copyright and place it in the public domain (i.e., add something like "I place this code in the public domain. Do whatever you want with it."), or you have to let your copyright lapse (like Piano Sonata No. 8 by Beethoven).

If you write it at work, it's still copyrighted, but the copyright may be assigned to your employer either implicitly or explicitly. The implicit ownership of copyright by your employer is a seriously gray area. Of course it was designed to be that way by lawyers in order to keep other lawyers employed.

Many times when you write articles for magazines or other publishers, you sign a contract that specifically states you are assigning them the copyright to your work in exchange for $$$ or other compensation. SSC, on the other hand, allows you to keep your copyright on your original work. I do believe they ask that you not re-publish newly published articles anywhere else for at least 90 days (please correct me if I'm wrong on this).

The best thing to do is to check the terms before submitting articles, code, scripts, or even posting to the message boards, etc. to any site.

IANAL.


Steve Jones
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Mike you are correct, writers keep copyright and we ask for 90 days exclusive, but we don't come after you if you don't wait 90 days.

The line above is a little confusing and I'll get clarification, but I believe it means information we have provided.

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Mike is right about things in the US. Whatever I write at work belongs to my employer. I'm careful not to expose trade secrets or violate the privacy of my customers.

Article are different from fourm posts. Copyrights may trransfer to he publisher depending upon the contract for the article. Forum post copyrights default to the OP (Original Poster). In news groups there is no question becase usenet groups can't be owned. Web site forums are different because the site is owned. The responsibility falls to the site owner but not copyrights automatically. The site owner might be forced to remove posts due to content but the site owner does not own the post.

All this is MY understanding and I might be proved to be completly full of it. Does not happen often.



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When I started this site with my partners, we tried to build something open, honest, and community oriented. In other words, a site that we would be proud to be members of. While my partners have moved on, I still strive to ensure this is that kind of place.


It appears to me Steve, that you have met ALL of your objectives. This is the very best of all sites and groups that I visit.

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I'd like to see some discussion of the terms of use here:

http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/FindPost1838731.aspx

essentially the site licenses your content when you post it and lets everyone know that the content here is copyrighted, either by the site, or its contributor.
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