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A. Nony Mouse
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« on: Aug 18th, 2005, 5:01am »
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This is a GENERIC question, and I know specifics are devilish but I'm looking for a principle here.
 
If a member with no other business relationship joins a free net-based forum and posts messages there, does the member or the forum have IP rights in the messages' content?  The forum sign-up agreement and rules are silent on this, but they do assert the forum owners' right to delete messages found offensive, etc.
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 18th, 2005, 9:01am »
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The general rule is, if you write something, you own it unless you transfer it by written agreement or operation of law (for example, bankruptcy or inheritance after you die).  So, if neither of these things have occurred, you own what you wrote.  That said, I hear a follow-up to your question coming...
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A. Nony Mouse
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 18th, 2005, 9:04am »
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If you insist...  Wink
 
No, no more questions at this time; that was what I thought and that's how I am going to assume.  
 
My dealings as the author with the site are still informal if not amicable, but he doesn't want to "lawyer up" any more than I do.
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julie
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 19th, 2005, 1:40am »
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HELP -  
 
I posted a message on a Yahoo group, regarding an upcomming bill in CA.  Someone took my message and used a lot of my sentences along w/ their own ad is making it as theirs and sending it as a letter to the editor of one of the local news papers.
 
What can I do about this?  I am thinking of publically noting this, since this person copied it off of one forum and forward their letter to the editor to several others, including the one they saw my posting on.
 
Thanks.
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JSonnabend
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 22nd, 2005, 6:11am »
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What are your damages?
 
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