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Thread: Protecting your work on multi-author blog site

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    I'm looking for some advice on best methods of using copyright on a multi-blog site. Basically, I'm working with a team to set up a local musicians' news site that will have 6+ bloggers on it. One of the bloggers has brought up the concern of making sure her work is copyrighted, and while I want to make sure everyone is protected, I am just looking for the best method. For instance, the Verge here, which is blogged the same way my site would be, does not have "Copyright C 2012 Joshua Topolsky" at the end of each of his articles, even though I assume he owns the rights to them?

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    Does anyone here have experience with doing anything like this, or know the proper sites where I could gain more information?

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    Copyright is automatic, however I think The Verge, because it’s a job for these writers, takes ownership of their work. Even when they leave, The Verge still owns all the content the person made while working there. Otherwise, the person is simply being paid to make content for themselves and, when they leave, could demand the content be removed, which isn’t good when you rely on Reviews to be available forever.

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    You need to see an attorney and draw up some contracts and licenses. There is a real question as to who owns the copyright for each work: the artists? The blog? The blog’s members? Owners? When you do work for someone else (like posting your work to a blog), your copyright can be called into question.
    Draw up some relationship contracts and licenses if needed to protect your/her work.
    Quick info to get your started on the issues:

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    A work is copyrighted once it is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. I agree with Modred that the best thing to do is write up an agreement to determine who has what rights. You want to make sure you have the right to publish it on your website and the writer might want to retain copyright. The other important thing to note is that if the work is a work made for hire, then the person commissioning the work owns the copyright.

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