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Q: Blog copyrights ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Blog copyrights
Category: Business and Money > eCommerce
Asked by: anacimas-ga
List Price: $6.00
Posted: 30 Sep 2005 15:15 PDT
Expires: 30 Oct 2005 14:15 PST
Question ID: 574769
Who owns the copyrights for comments that others post to my Blog? Can I collate
a collection of such comments into a book and then copyright the book myself?
Subject: Re: Blog copyrights
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 30 Sep 2005 16:31 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
>>Who owns the copyrights for comments that others post to my Blog?<<

The authors of the comments are the principle copyright holders,
unless they agreed to a transfer of rights as a condition of posting
to your blog (and even then, it would be a bit iffy).

For better or for worse, copyright law is pretty clear and simple on
this matter:  the creator of the work is the copyright holder.  You
can read a bit about it here:


The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently
misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the
Copyright Office is required to secure copyright...Copyright is
secured automatically when the work is created, and a work is
"created" when it is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for the first

>>Can I collate a collection of such comments into a book and then
copyright the book myself?<<

Yes.  But you must first get the appropriate permissions from the
various authors to make use of their text.

Please bear in mind the disclaimer at the bottom of the page here...I
am not a copyright expert, and Google Answers is no substitute for
professional advice.  However, the matter of who owns a copyright, in
this case, seems very clear cut, so I feel I can offer this
information without hesitation.

Let me know if there's anything else you need.


search strategy -- Used bookmarked site for the Copyright Office along
with my own knowledge of copyright.
anacimas-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Blog copyrights
From: justaskscott-ga on 30 Sep 2005 22:35 PDT
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

"If a reader comments on my blog, does she license the rights to me?

When a person enters comments on a blog for the purpose of public
display, he is probably giving an implied license at least for that
display and the incidental copying that goes along with it.  If you
want to make things clearer, you can add a Creative Commons license to
your blog's comment post page and a statement that by posting
comments, writers agree to license them under it."

"Bloggers' FAQ - Intellectual Property"
Electronic Frontier Foundation

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