Who owns copyright to forum posts?

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  • HI,


    I would like to know what UK Copyright Law states about the use of a person's words on an online Forum. I was a member of a Forum, but was banned due to my polite insistence that the management of the website answer the question that I placed in the Question and Feedback section of the website. The Forum website stated nowhere that all words posted would be deemed to be under the copyright of the Forum owners or stored in a database, as in your own registration section. I now require that my posts to the Forum in question are removed. Am I able to seek redress if they refuse to comply with my request? 


    Please help. 


    I did not find the right solution from the internet. 




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  • Kevin--  I am not well-versed in UK copyright law.  If you haven't already done so, you might take a look at the information provided by UK Copyright Services: https://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p01_uk_copyright_law, which may provide you with some guidance.  Also, does this Forum that you reference have any kind of a "Terms of Use" policy, which could also provide you with guidance on your control over the posts that you made on the Forum?

    Others who monitor this site may have additional insight.

  • Hi Kevin. Like Billie, I don't know enough about UK copyright law to be able to answer your question about redress. I'd encourage you to follow the link she provided to learn more about the law itself. Also, in addition to reviewing any terms of use posted to the website, if you were required to sign-up for an account prior to posting to the forum you may wish to check to see if there was any type of user agreement included in this process and, if so, review the language found in it to see if it addresses copyright.

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