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[liberationtech] Networking Democracy? New Media Innovations in Participatory Politics - Cluj, Romania

Lauren Gelman gelman at
Sat Feb 13 11:20:30 PST 2010

This is a bigger set of issues than the question you originally  
asked.  The author of any work (including comments on a napkin) holds  
the full copyright in their work unless they relinquished some or all  
of their rights.  You are really asking about any implied license  
granted to publishers/editors to do certain things in the absence of  
any explicit license.  I'm happy to discuss this more with you off list.

On Feb 13, 2010, at 10:24 AM, Allen Yu wrote:

> So I guess any blogger has the right to demand their comments / posts
> be taken down at any time's notice?  What if website owners decide to
> censor part of the comments / posts of a blogger for aesthetic or
> profanity reasons - would the owners need permission?  What if a blog
> changes its format - for example its url - or maybe name - would the
> blog owner need to seek the permission from all authors or risk
> copyright violation?
> I don't think there has been case on this.  The reason I am asking
> this is because a group of us used to run a blog.  We invited people
> all over to submit articles and comments for publication.  However,
> the group have decided to go our separate ways.  The old blog will run
> for a while but soon be taken down.  A subset of the group will start
> a new blog - starting with the base of the old blog.  But we were
> wondering: do we have a right to move the content to the new blog?
> Who owns the content anyways?  In the old blog, we didn't have an
> explicit copyright statement.  In the new one, we will!
> Allen
> On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 9:16 AM, Lauren Gelman <gelman at>  
> wrote:
>> rl
>> The author of the post holds copyright in their work.  Copyright  
>> affixes to
>> any content whether there is a notice or not, giving the author the  
>> full
>> protection of the law.
>> On Feb 13, 2010, at 1:06 AM, Allen Yu wrote:
>>> This is sort of off-topic, but I was wondering if anyone can point  
>>> me
>>> to law concerning who has the rights to the content on a blog that  
>>> is
>>> open for all to write and comment in... when there is no copyright
>>> notice anywhere on the blog.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Allen
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