Mad Cow wrote:
By posting to the ER forums you acknowledge the copyright of all materials in this website – besides external companies logos and trademarks – belongs to ER. Upon posting in the forums you transfer the perdurable and exclusive right for ER to, without compensation, use and edit your forum posts.
Sorry, but I can’t agree on this point. Agreeing would mean to allow the owner(s) of ER to use any kind of information, text, discussion, research etc posted in the ER forums commercially
without any reference to the original source, without acknowledging the people who’s work is used etc. All without compensation or any right or possibility to have a say about anything (where and how the content of your postings is used). And if the copyright of a postings belongs exclusively to ER it might even become illegal to quote and/or use postings – even those written by yourself – elsewhere !
If this copyright rule isn’t changed, I will stop posting in ER forums and I believe others will do so, too.
The postings should belong to the ER community and to nobody else!
This rule is confusing and could be explained more succinctly so members understand what's meant by ER acquiring copyright to anything posted in the forums.
In any case, for people who wish to (and have in the past) post serious work here, such as essays, poems and photographs, while it's true that simply by making the work it is copyrighted, that affords you almost no legal protection if it is used/misused by another party. If you wish to protect your copyright on any significant writing or visual work that you plan to post on this or any forum, you might wish to consider registering the work with the government before posting it. In the United States, the simple instructions to copyright your work by mail are available on this site:http://www.copyright.gov/register/