posted on Apr, 8 2004 @ 06:59 AM
Actually, that's not exactly correct.
Your thoughts and musings are still your intellectual property as long as they are your original thoughts and musings that you have
When you post to ATS, you grant Simon non-exclusive rights to publish them in pretty much any form. (A legal concept that has long-since been
tested on the old CompuServe forums in the early 1990's.) This doesn't mean that Simon or any other future "ATS Board of Directors" (or whatever)
owns what you post. It means ATS can republish without asking for permission. Essentially, each time the database serves up one of your posts, it's
being republished because the format may be different each time (in context with responses). Other forms in the future might be books or CD-ROM for
example. However, non-exclusive rights also means, whenever Simon/ATS publishes your work, you must be given credit.
So to clear things up, Simon/ATS does not "own" your posts.
Simon/ATS has the right to publish your posts on ATS and give you credit.
Simon/ATS owns the media in which your work is published here (hence the footer message).
You can republish your own work (which you posted here) wherever you wish without mentioning ATS.
Simon/ATS can republish you work wherever he wishes, but must give you credit.
I hope that clears things up.
[Edited on 8-4-2004 by SkepticOverlord]