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Text Ownership

Do not miss this excellent article on blogging and copyright ownership.

I own every word that I write, although I make the full text of my posts available as an RSS feed.  Do companies like BlogLines and FeedBurner violate copyright laws when they reproduce my blog in their readers?  Do I impliedly consent since I make the full-text of my posts available?

What happens if I blog at work?  What happens if I blog using my boss' web page?  What if my boss pays my TypePad bill?  What if Law.com pays my TypePad bill, but tells me I maintain full "editorial control" over my site?

What about group blogs?  If I pay the full TypePad bill, do the posts of other contributors become my property? 

If you make a comment on my blog, do I own those words?  When you send a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times, they  own the copyright to that letter if they print it.  Do I own your words?

These are issues to think about before an argument starts.

Each contributor, although we've never discussed it, owns every word he blogs here, and he is free to remove his posts at will.

If you post a comment here, you may reproduce that comment in other fora.  I will even (almost always) delete comments you post here.  The only exception I can think of is the "loser exception."  If you post something mean-spirited, I will keep it public forever, so that all the world can find out (hopefully before having personal dealings with you) that you are an idiot. [Ed's note: I've only have two comments that qualify for loser treament].  Otherwise, just let me know if you want me to delete a comment you make.

I'm here to help. 

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