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Who owns the copyright on MetaFilter content?
On the footer of every MetaFilter page is:
© 1999-2014 MetaFilter Network Inc. All posts are © their original authors
. What this means is that people own their own content. So if you wanted to publish a book of your own MetaFilter comments, you could. However if you wanted to publish a book of other people's MetaFilter comments you'd need to speak with those individual users; MetaFilter is not the owner of the copyright of that content. People have, however, granted MetaFilter the right to display their comments. MetaFilter will generally go after websites that are making wholsale reproductions of MetaFilter content, but limited content quoting is considered fair use and will be treated as such.
(tags: metafilter copyright ownership publishing ) June 20, 2012 - back to questions