archBOSTON Update: A New Dawn

TallIsGood

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I agree they need the license. You retain copyright which is what you want.
 

Justin7

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On the licensing issue: I want to once again point out that such a clause is what allows this site to host your content. If you didn't grant them a license to show your work to others, they wouldn't legally be able to do so. Having this license be permanent means that they aren't forced to delete posts after a certain period of time. The only potential issue is the irrevocable one, but that is bypassed by simply deleting your posts. I agree that changes to the policy at least should require notice, though.
I agree they need the license. You retain copyright which is what you want.
We've been over this, but I'll try to simply explain this again.

First, consent to show the content on the forum where a user submits the content is implied when the user posts the content. We can leave this aside for a moment and accept that Edward wants to cover his ass. Understandable.

The problem however is that Edward has commercial intentions (see: his other sites). Now anything someone posts on here is available to be used at no cost and with no further consent, by Edward and his company, in perpetuity, for whatever use he/they see fit so long as it is in connection with "the service" (an obviously ambiguous term). The content creator has no recourse whatsoever. Deleting the post as you've suggested does nothing to remove the granted license. (This is compounded by Edward's push to have people use the site's attachment feature rather than a 3rd party photo hosting service, which reduces the difficulty of photo archiving.)

It seems apparent that Edward has absolutely no intention of addressing these concerns. He is not an active member of archBoston. He's a business owner. Still, I believe the fix is a fairly simple one. Something to the effect of:

You are granting us with a non-exclusive, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content for non-commercial purposes in connection with the archBoston.com forums. You retain copyright over the Content.

These terms may be changed at any time. Notice of any change will be given under the Board Issues and Announcements subforum on archBoston.com. You may opt out of any changes by deleting your account.
 

kmp1284

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It seems apparent that Edward has absolutely no intention of addressing these concerns. He is not an active member of archBoston. He's a business owner. Still, I believe the fix is a fairly simple one. Something to the effect of:

You are granting us with a non-exclusive, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content for non-commercial purposes in connection with the archBoston.com forums. You retain copyright over the Content.

These terms may be changed at any time. Notice of any change will be given under the Board Issues and Announcements subforum on archBoston.com. You may opt out of any changes by deleting your account.
In light of this site having been monetized and it functioning as a business, like his other site(s), what could possibly constitute a non-commercial purpose in his use of members' content?
 

TallIsGood

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I agree that since the site is ad supported its not non-commercial. I don’t disagree that it’s use could be limited to use on this site (not other sites) and notice prior to changes of terms of service.
 

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I had a thought for a way that we may be able to keep the project info & most recent renderings of a project easy to find. Create a separate sub forum just for renderings that is locked/restricted so that only moderators can make posts (if that's possible). Then whenever a new render is released and posted on the main project page, the moderators can take the updated rendering/project filing and post it in the renderings sub forum. The threads in the rendering sub forum wouldn't be for any kind of discussion, and used solely for renderings/project info. This may also necessitate a few additional mods to keep up with the main forum.

Additionally, the first post in each project thread could be just the project info/facts (developer/architect/height/schedule/etc.), that way it can be edited & updated as information changes. With this set up, the very first post in the project thread would be the up to date project info, and the very last page would be the most up to date renders, with a timeline of the updates as you go from first to last. With 20 posts per page, I imagine these threads wouldn't get more than a few pages.
 

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