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This acceptable use policy template specifies the kinds of content that a user may submit to a blog (for example, using a blog comments feature). You can review sample sections from the acceptable use policy here: Sample Acceptable Use PolicyThe policy may be used to prohibit both unlawful content and offensive content. Unlawful content includes content that is defamatory, obscene, in breach of privacy laws or infringing third party intellectual property rights. Offensive content may include content that is pornographic, graphically violent, or perhaps just uncivil or unsuitable for your blog.
Does the blog own comments posted by users under the terms of this policy?No. The copyright in comments is retained by the user. However, the user licenses that content to the blog. The licence can be drafted in broad terms, such that the blog may have wide ranging rights to publish, republish, edit etc user comments.There are two main reasons for having a licence rather than an assignment of the copyright. First, as a matter of English law, legal assignments of copyright must be signed by the assignor. Second, users - insofar as the issue crosses their minds - usually expect to retain ultimate ownership of the intellectual property rights in their own comments.Ask a question
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