I wrote something last year. When I presented it in written form, it has a copyright slug on it.
I entered the entire written piece into a thread I started, after the Sept. 11th attacks. It was the OP of a thread, but the written piece that was the entire OP was mine alone.
A Doper has mentioned that the Chicago Reader owns this piece of writing now. I would like to know if this is the position of the Reader- that anything posted into the SDMB becomes property of the Boards, even if it has been printed or offered for publication elswhere, with the " copyright 2001, by Cartooniverse " slug on the cover of the document.
How does this work? Should I shy away from offering anything here that might ever be printed elsewhere, since somehow in posting it here, I am surrendering rights to a written work? It’s news to me, please give me the Straight Dope on this !!!
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Is this the part of the notice which is bothering you? I take it to mean that the Reader could put any post or part thereof into a book if they wished to, without having to gain the permission of the poster and without having to pay the poster for using their post.
If you create a cheap website with your (non-copyrighted) material on it, then link to it in your post, can that material be used by the Reader even though it’s not in your post?
Thank you for the clarifications- I haven’t been ducking the thread, I’ve been negotiating my way through a 92 lb turkey. :eek:
AudreyK and reprise quote two parts that seemed to confilct in my little mind. ( Thanks for doing them back do back- how very helpful !!! ). I do understand how this works now, and am pleased to feel as though I still have rights to my little magnum opus.
Coldie, you mean that Cecil wouldn’t see fit to include a 14 page Narrative into his next tome, whose preliminary title is apparently ,
Why, I’m crushed.
Apparently I’ve my choice of a 45 city speaking tour OR a spin-off series based on my Narrative starring Jude Law as me, and Mary-Kate and Ashley as the innocent waif daughter of the Cardiologist ( played gruffly by Brian Dennehy ). One can only hope but that I chose wisely.