This post is to clarify the site copyright policy with respect to post content and attachments here in the Elsmar Cove forum.
Revised 11 January 2010
In Reply to Parent Post by Registered Visitor A
Marc, Registered Visitor X says that once I post my own work here, the site assumes ownership of it. ". . . the site owner claims ownership of anything posted here." What does that mean? As the author of it, do I not retain rights to it? Please clarify and sorry to be such a pain in the ass.
It disappoints me that Registered Visitor X has distorted the policy here to you in a PM (Personal Message).
Registered Visitor X is 180 degrees wrong
. That is *totally* NOT true. I (the site, if you will) do *NOT* claim copyright on anything posted here, including attachments.
I have been very specific in pointing that out.
Registered Visitor X should not be contacting you about copyright aspects here in the first place because Registered Visitor X has no authority to speak for the Elsmar Cove web site. If Registered Visitor X had a problem with a post or attachment that another Registered Visitor makes, Registered Visitor X should have used the 'Report this Post'
button so that the moderators and I are aware of the situation and can take appropriate action.
It makes it worse that Registered Visitor X has misinformed you about the site / forum policy with regard to anything you post here. The bottom of each forum page also plainly states: "The Elsmar Cove Web Site is *CopyFree* "
(which there is a link to near the bottom of every
page in the forum (the Privacy & Copyright Statement link).
"Except for some documents in the subscription access directories, everything on the Elsmar Cove is free to the public. If you use information from the Elsmar Cove, we do appreciate your citing the source, however, in one way or another.
If you post in the Forums (this includes attachments to any post) you do *not* have a right to assert copyright claim(s) now or in the future. We don't assert that we own the rights to post content, including attachments to posts,
and neither can you. However, once you post or you attach a file, you agree not to come back at a later date and require me to remove your post(s) and/or attachments(s) for copyright or other reason(s). This is a free system and my policy is to NOT be a money grubbing type with lawyers at hand, but rather to be a free resource for folks. If the contents of your posts are 'golden' to you, I suggest you post elsewhere or write a book and sell it. If you post here, your question(s) and any and all answers to questions(s), as well as any attachments you contribute, are in the public domain.
Essentially it is simply a matter of understanding that anyone who posts and/or attaches a file in the forum can not come back at a later time and demand that I remove their post(s) and/or attachment(s). By posting and/or attaching one or more files in the forum, the person is granting the Elsmar Cove the right(s) (if you will) to keep the content posted.
You might note that I started posting most of my (now somewhat old) courses on the site over 12 years ago (some have been updated since the 1990's when most of them were first written and reposted) for people to copy and use. Here is an example: http://Elsmar.com/Imp/
- You will also find it (and others) in the Free Files directory as a .pdf file. A few other examples are:
In short I practice what I preach. The only time I charge is if someone wants a copy of the powerpoint data file. I have gone into companies and found documents with much of, or all of, some of my old course material that I have posted. I am pleased that people / companies feel the material is good enough to use in whole or in part. They took the time to take one or more of my .pdf files and used the content in making their own courses. That's why I post most of my materials. I used to make a fair amount of money when I did those courses. I do NOT expect to profit from them forever. Sharing them without restriction makes me feel good, too.
You might also want to read through the copyright discussions here: Elsmar Cove Forum TOS and Forum Policies
where we discuss posting of copyrighted documents.
I am not a proponent of copyrights (or patents for that matter). They inhibit innovation. There is not a person out there who writes something that does not draw on what others have previously written in one form or another. I'm not saying there is no
original thought/writing in the world, but when you write something ask yourself what you are drawing on to write what you are writing. People are born and learn based upon the knowledge of others, most of which is in the form of words or pictures. As we grow older we learn more and more from others through speech, through writing and through pictures. For those of us who write, or have written, we draw upon the words and themes of others every time we write something. We don't pull everything we write out of thin air. We take the words and pictures of others and rearrange them, reword them, typically we do some interpretation of them, but in the end we are drawing upon and recycling the works of others ever time we write something. Think about it.
I will say I am glad, in a way, that Registered Visitor X did contact you because it triggered me to review the policy and I found a spelling error which I corrected, so some good has come out of this. And, it has caused me to add this policy to the Elsmar Cove Forum TOS and Forum Policies forum here.