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    AO Antique pwaring's Avatar
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    Copyright on AO newsletter articles?

    I've written an article that might be suitable for the AO newsletter (on cryptography) but I'm not sure whether I want to submit the completed version or not. What's stopping me from contributing is the matter of who owns the copyright on my article if it's published - where exactly do I stand with regards to Jupiter Media republishing it elsewhere (unlikely, but I like to cover that possiblity), making money from it etc.?
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    @ΜĮЙǐЅŦГǻţΩЯ D0pp139an93r's Avatar
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    If this is an issue for you, you should PM MsMittens. She handles the newsletter.
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    AO Antique pwaring's Avatar
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    I've PM'd intmon about it on the suggestion of MsMittens, although I'd like the answer to be available to anyone who's thinking about writing an AO newsletter article and is concerned about rights allocation.
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    After looking into it, here's the deal.

    Authors who submit material for the AO newsletter grant JM a perpetual unlimited right to publish the postings/articles on our Web site and lists and to distribute to newsletter recipients, and we maintain the copyright to the overall newsletter with all the postings/articles and other info. Similarly, the author retains a perpetual unlimited copyright on their own work of course. This way everyone is covered.
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    So that thing I wrote about shaving cats is now property of Jup Media ?

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    After looking into it, here's the deal.

    Authors who submit material for the AO newsletter grant JM a perpetual unlimited right to publish the postings/articles on our Web site and lists and to distribute to newsletter recipients, and we maintain the copyright to the overall newsletter with all the postings/articles and other info. Similarly, the author retains a perpetual unlimited copyright on their own work of course. This way everyone is covered.
    Thanks again,
    intmon
    Marks comments aside (even though I find them funny) - seriously Intmon.. granting copyright to two parties in this way could cause some friction. For example supposing I write an article for the newsletter and it was used by JM in a way I didnt agree with (can't think what situation this might be but humour me) - as a copyright holder I should have some say over what happens to the article. Supposing we get into a legal tangle - what happens then? Supposing the opposite happens - could I expect JM to try suing me? Maybe this scenario is far fetched for an article - especially one I might write - I know, but I'm just interested in how far this goes. Or would we just agree to 'ignore' any use we don't agree with as copyright holders?

    I realise you're not a legal expert (you're not are you?!?) but as I say I'd like to know how far this goes.

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