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posted by Woods on Thursday May 15 2014, @11:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the content-of-this-article-is-SFW dept.

In the beginning, pop culture wiki TV Tropes licensed its content with the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license for free content.

When Google pulled out its AdSense revenue because of... let's call it NSFW fan fiction, TV Tropes changed its guidelines to forbid tropes about mature content. In response to this move, two forks were eventually created. The admins disliked this move so much that they changed its license notice to the Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike version, despite their site not having requested copyright rights from their users. Only later they added a clause to their Terms of use page requiring all contributors to grant the site irrevocable, exclusive ownership of their edits.

I suppose the morale of the story is, if you contributed to TV Tropes before summer 2012, you should know they're distributing your content under a license that you didn't give them permission to use.

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  • (Score: 2) by Open4D on Friday May 16 2014, @10:31AM

    by Open4D (371) on Friday May 16 2014, @10:31AM (#44146) Journal

    I actually debated on having content licensed CC ...

    I think [] it would be good to do so.


    ... but it never happened. I might readdress this for story content itself, but this ship has sailed as far as comments go.

    The ship has sailed as far as existing comments go. But I think it would be worth transitioning to CC for future comments.

    When changing terms & conditions like that, out of politeness I'd try to make the change very clear, with emails, notifications, "click here to confirm your agreement", etc.. I think the change could be done at any time, but it might be worth considering doing it at the same time as the site's name changes (if "Soylent" doesn't emerge as the winning name).

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