Who Owns Blog Comments?

Do you ever wonder who owns the rights on blog comments?  Would a blogger need to seek permission to republish your comment elsewhere?  Can you take comments back? Amend them? Publish comments they inspire?

Hank Williams calls for comment systems to provide a mechanism to indicate to users what rights they have, and what rights they are giving out, when they write a comment.

Extending this discussion, Daniel Ha maps out his thoughts on just what commenters’ rights should include. 

It seems to me the ambiguity in this exchange is because the author has granted use to a publisher without making the terms of that use explicit. This sounds like a job for a creative commons menu of which rights are granted to what extent.

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