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2,960 November 6, 2017 at 06:44 PM
Are the contents on SD owned by the user who submitted it or by SD?

Seems like there's an issue with SD going around suing websites for duplicated contents. So if I submit a deal onto SD, I can't submit the same deal to other websites because its copyrighted by SD now? And it'd be illegal to repost them onto other deal sites?

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All content, trademarks and logos are copyright their respective owners.
Based on this footnote statement, I always assumed that I owned the contents I submitted onto SD. Or am I wrong here?

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Are the contents on SD owned by the user who submitted it or by SD?

Seems like there's an issue with SD going around suing websites for duplicated contents. So if I submit a deal onto SD, I can't submit the same deal to other websites because its copyrighted by SD now? And it'd be illegal to repost them onto other deal sites?


Based on this footnote statement, I always assumed that I owned the contents I submitted onto SD. Or am I wrong here?
I am not the SD legal expert but can address part of your post.

We have always known, accepted and even encouraged people to find deals and share them here. Some of those do come from other sites. Which is why some OPs will thank so and so from FW or where ever.

In the same light we realize some may post a deal here or find one, and then share it elsewhere.


Feel free to share your deal elsewhere... But of course we'd love for it to be here first Smilie
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It would be very unusual for any website to claim exclusive ownership to content posted by users/independent participants on their sites. The most I've ever personally seen is terms of service that include a claim to an "automatic grant" of co-ownership of, or varying sorts of "license" to, the content's copyrights (usually on the theory that that's the only way to "protect" the content, since if a site owner didn't have any right to the material in question at all, they'd have no legal standing to pursue alleged infringers).

But much more relevant to the question posed is the fundamental issue that "bare facts" can never be copyrighted, at all, by anyone. The only thing that can be copyrighted is the "expression" of the facts/idea/concept. So even in theory, the most any site could ever hope to do (legally) would be to prevent someone from literally "copying and pasting" even their own messages on that site to another one. (And even that would be questionable...) Also, fwiw, there has to be something even just a tiny bit "original" about the material for it to qualify for copyright in the first place, so it's extremely unlikely that any mere statement of the existence of a "deal" and its terms would be copyrightable (by the poster, or anyone else) in the first place.
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