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Who owns the comments on my hubs?

  1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
    Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago

    I'm assuming I do, but is this the case?

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    Justine76posted 7 years ago

    If you have the power to remove them, hide them, delete them, I would assume they are yours, to the same extent your hub is yours....

    why? If it helps any, I give all my comments (on your hubs) to you to do with as you wish...

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol, thanks DM, I'll use them as I see fit. big_smile

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        Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        HAHAH!! Ok.  smile  your welcome.

    2. LovelyThoughts profile image61
      LovelyThoughtsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You go girl!  Do not listen to that other guy, he sounds like he likes to kiss butt.

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        Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        ROTFL...lol Thank you. But do you mean Misha?
        Thats so funny....no, he does not kiss butt.(Unless it a pretty butt...)  I promise.  smile
        HP does indeed have the right to override anything, as this IS thier website.  but they usally wont. Mostly, they may possably delete something you have allowed, if it is against the rules for Adsense.  thats all.

        1. LovelyThoughts profile image61
          LovelyThoughtsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I thought you guys were talking about Hp bringing back deleted comments or something.  Never mind then.  I just cannot suffer men who act like they know it all though, but that's just me.  I am a maverick that way, and not very pretty.

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            Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I know, its not nice for anyone to act like they know everything. Thanks anyway for the compliment. And this is a good place to get questions answered, if you can sift thru it all.

  3. Misha profile image73
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Since HP can theoretically override any of your decisions, at the end they do smile

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      True, was just curious as I get a lot of pretty good real-life ghost stories, etc.  And was toying with the idea of including some of them in something else I may or may not get my ass in gear to work on. smile

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        Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        If you can get your ass in gear better then I can get mine..you can HAVE my stories..

        1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
          Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks, it'll probably never happen, lol, but you never know. smile

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            Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            well...yeah, I know..ya know? If you do ever need a story or two for something or other, give me a shout.

            I think Misha is right, you would just have to try to get the commentors permisson. Wich may be hard, lots of your commentors are 14 year olds with no HP profile? Oujia boards seem to be a big thing for teens?...yikes..

            1. Misha profile image73
              Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Hi Justine smile

              Liking your new old pic - is it safe already? wink

              LOL As for outsiders comments - I would check HP disclaimers, they just have to have some language about whom copyright to those belongs to, and likely people sign to give up their copyright by the fact of posting comments. smile

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                Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                thanks smile
                its never safe
                I need to live tho....

              2. Mrvoodoo profile image59
                Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Good idea Misha, thanks, I'll get onto it.

            2. Mrvoodoo profile image59
              Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Exactly, I remember reading a big debate on webpronews or something a while back about it, but can't remember the outcome.

              But the fact that this is HP and not my own personal website might confuse matters even further.

              Ah well, lol. smile

      2. Misha profile image73
        Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I think in that sense HP do not own anything. It's rather you or comment poster - so I would just ask a permission of a comment poster to use their story. smile

        1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
          Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          That could be tricky, it would probably be impossible to locate most of them.

      3. livewithrichard profile image84
        livewithrichardposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        That's a different subject all together.  You're asking if the comments are copyright protected by the commenter.  That's a good question but I would assume they are although not registered with any copyright agency.

        1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
          Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Yep, that was exactly my question, it's a tricky one.

          Thanks for your thoughts.

    2. LovelyThoughts profile image61
      LovelyThoughtsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I might be new at this, but that just sounds funny.  If the girl above deleted her comments, why would HP bring them back.  I say if you can delete it and you wrote the hub, you own it!

  4. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 7 years ago

    Ownership belongs to HP, control belongs to you. Sort of....

    HP has to answer to their advertisers and I'm sure it is a very rare occasion that on a commercial hub the author would allow anything that is against HP's TOS, such as links to adult sites, but when they do and another hubber or staff member points it out then HP has no choice but to moderate the comment.

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      hmmmm, I had a feeling this was going to get confusing, my thoughts were more concerning my rights to reproduce the comments of visitors on paper, as part of a book or e-book or something.

  5. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 7 years ago

    "hmmmm, I had a feeling this was going to get confusing, my thoughts were more concerning my rights to reproduce the comments of visitors on paper, as part of a book or e-book or something."

    LOL I'm slow but I'm caught up now smile

  6. Dao Hoa profile image61
    Dao Hoaposted 7 years ago

    I think the people who wrote the comments. Since most of them are hubbers, you can email them for permission to use the comments.

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately most of them aren't hubbers.

  7. Sufidreamer profile image81
    Sufidreamerposted 7 years ago

    Have to agree with Misha and Richard

    Copyright is automatically granted to the author as soon as something is published. I am not 100% sure, but I suspect that comments fall into that category.

    I know that's not what you wanted to hear sad

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Nope, not really what I wanted to hear, lol, but it was what I was half expecting. smile

  8. Haunty profile image85
    Hauntyposted 7 years ago

    In most cases the authors of the comments retain the copyright in their original works (given it is original work), but the website operator obtains a non-exclusive, royalty free license to use and publicly display all comments posted to their site (given this license to comments is stated in the TOS).

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That sounds kind of promising, although that sounds more like HP own them, and not me, hmmm.

  9. Sufidreamer profile image81
    Sufidreamerposted 7 years ago

    Good idea from Misha - it might be worth emailing the team. If HP does have the right to comments, they may be happy for you to use them in return for publicity. At least you will get an answer straight from the horse's mouth smile

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I doubt they like me much at the moment, as I was the only person to call their new large survey ads spammy, lol.

      But I'll give it a go. smile

      Thanks for your help.

  10. Mrvoodoo profile image59
    Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago

    Thanks to all for your advice, if I get a definitive answer to this I'll post it back here at some point.

    Many thanks.

  11. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 7 years ago

    It's a sticky situation, I just read through the TOS again and it states that HP provides Authors a service and the tools to publish and that authors retain the copyrights to any and all "author content" and also "hub content" where author content is anything that a posted anywhere on HP, including forum posts (which also means the comments)  Hub content is anything posted on the hubs.

    By those definitions, if I commented on your hub then I, as a member of HP, own the copyright to that comment as I own the copyright to this post.

    Your best bet is to change up the comments you want to use so it will be considered a derivative of the original which is completely legal and then yours.

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Excellent, thanks for taking the time, I've just been doing a little reading around the net myself and it does appear that those who comment retain copyright to said comments.

      Guess I'll just have to chuck them through Misha's mates spinning program. smile

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        Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        or start a new thread asking for permission to use others comments...I wouldn't hold my breath on that one tho...

        1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
          Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Same problem as before though, most of the comments aren't from fellow hubbers, but from randoms passing through.

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            Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I know. Ive read them..it IS a book!!
            AND of the hubbers..youll be hard pressed to get enough to "give away" anything..
            hmm..maybe I shouldn't have said that...sorry Mr V if that was worng..
            I think I have developed forumattackaphobia.....

            1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
              Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              lol, 'tis all good, was just one of those ideas that might have had potential, you never know.

              Think I'll add that one to the to-do pile, and come back to it later. big_smile

              Off for a bit, back laters, take it easy. smile

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                Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                bye. have a good night.  smile

  12. Haunty profile image85
    Hauntyposted 7 years ago

    That's right.

    Here's what the TOS say:

    HubPages does not claim ownership of Your Hub Content or Author Content. Such content will be owned by You or a third party from whom You got permission to post the content.

    By posting Author Content on the Service, You grant HubPages a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable license to reproduce, publicly display, publicly perform, distribute, modify, adapt and publish the Author Content on or in connection with the Service.

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Blimey, didn't realize they had quite as many rights to do what they liked with our work.  I guess that's standard TOS though.

      Cheers Haunty.

      1. Haunty profile image85
        Hauntyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, it kind of sucks. But it's necessary, because if it wasn't in place comment authors could possibly claim that in some way through their comments they contribute to the revenue generated from Adsense ads and so deserve a share of that revenue. I know this is partly the reason, but since it's legal stuff I don't even try to meddle in it.

        1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
          Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          True, makes sense, they're not getting their hands on my money though, lol, there's not enough to go around. wink

          I guess just re-writing them, changing names, etc. would be the best way to go.

  13. thisisoli profile image58
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    I would say the commentor hold overall rights, but its a tricky situation!

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It certainly is.

      I'm thinking I could probably just use them and get away with it and nobody would ever be the wiser, but you never know.

  14. alexandriaruthk profile image54
    alexandriaruthkposted 7 years ago

    I think the comments are owned by the hubber because it is part of the hub itself??

    1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
      Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Don't you go confusing matters now, hehe, just kidding, i'm very confused now. big_smile

      Here's some more info for anybody who's interested: http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/ … g-comments

      I'm wondering if adding something to my hubs that states by commenting visitors agree to pass copyright of said comments over to me would be legal, hmmmmm.

 
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