On the subject of Copyright
- There is something shocking that has just come to my attention and I
would like to share it with this list as it affects us all.
This topic came up on the SCA Weaving list on eGroups:
Yahoo and eGroups are apparently planning a merger. Yahoo's Terms of
Service include the following at http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/ :
(c) With respect to all other Content you elect to post to other
publicly accessible areas of the Service, you grant Yahoo the royalty-
free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sublicensable
right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish,
translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and
display such Content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to
incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now
known or later developed.
Some members of the group are afraid that if they post instructions or
information about their designs and creations (i.e. in this case, an
original weaving draft) that Yahoo would own that content.
I personally think this is abhorable. I work for an email list
service (theglobe.com), and our terms of service say nothing of this
Since this is an issue that will affect this list as well, I propose
that the SCA-JML list be moved to another service where our
discussions and postings cannot be stolen by a greedy directory
service. Personally, I post a lot of information to this list.
Today, I was just about to upload a web document on simple Japanese
garb construction. But now I am reluctant to do so if it
becomes "irrevokably" Yahoo's.
Pardon my French, but I say, "Screw 'em!"
Technical Producer for theglobe.com
aka Fujiwara no Aoi-hime