+timpaula Posted June 17, 2003 Share Posted June 17, 2003 In this topic, TJ/Rex admits that he deleted all the log entries from his caches in a fit of anger. He seems sorry about it now, but the damage is done. This raises the question: who owns our logs? Who has a right to change them & delete them? From what I can tell, everything we type in our cache & TB log entries is "copyright © 2003 by Groundspeak". This is a reasonable position to take, though I much prefer the position taken by the WELL community system (well.com), which is essentially, "you own your own words". Posts on the WELL can only be edited by the author. The author is free to reuse their words on other systems and printed material. Permission is expected from the author of any given post for excerpted use by others elsewhere. I do understand that Groundspeak wants to maintain its competitive advantage by preventing someone from coming along and blindly copying 50,000 caches (with logs) to seed their own geocaching site. I've read the Buxley's saga. I get it. I even like the idea of having one central successful geocaching site. But I'm a bit bothered by the implicit agreement that by clicking submit, I'm signing my rights away to whatever I write, whether it's a cache description, log entry, or forum post. I'm more bothered by the idea that cache or TB owners, or even Groundspeak, can edit or delete posts without my having any say in it. Each post is a little slice of my life. I spend time trying to make things creative & interesting. I like having the opportunity to write a few paragraphs in the ongoing geocaching saga. The prospect of someone coming along and hitting the delete key on a few hours of my life is troubling. Just my 2 cents, Tim <timpaula> [This message was edited by timpaula on June 18, 2003 at 12:08 AM.] Quote Link to comment
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