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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 Jaruzel on Friday May 16 2014, @03:46PM

    by Jaruzel (812) on Friday May 16 2014, @03:46PM (#44232) Homepage Journal

    I've tinkered with the idea of creating a Slash->NNTP protocol, and then allowing SoylentNews be seeded across USENET

    There's a guy called RS Wood over on comp.misc [google.com] USENET who seems to have a script running that auto posts articles from pipedot and other places into the group. Maybe you could ask him to add SN to the roster?

    -Jar

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  • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Friday May 16 2014, @08:22PM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <mcasadevall@soylentnews.org> on Friday May 16 2014, @08:22PM (#44412) Homepage Journal

    If we did this, it would be bi-directional, with full intergeneration (i.e., people signed into news/nntp.soylentnews.org could post with their own UID). If we go really geeky, we could even do moderation via control messages :-)

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