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  1. Hi,

    I've tried reading the TOS regarding hosting a blog on, yet I'm not sure I understand it pretty well. Please just assist me to comprehend the legalities involved.

    I am aware that I, as a blogger, am responsible for the content on my blog. But am I solely entitled to my views (so long as they do not infringe any copyrights) and can reproduce them for commercial gains in the future? Or is WordPress going to demand a share of the pie?

  2. Commercial gains? We can't make money from our blogs. . . . . .yet. But I'm one of the biggest infringer of copyright. But with entertainment/gossip blogs, they just want you to link back or you'll get emails from them. What kind of a blog do you have?

  3. I think this is a question best answered by staff. Send a feedback asking about future commercial uses of content that has been previously published via It's a good question.

  4. @nosysnoop
    I have a personal blog and host some of my writings there.

    Thanks for the suggestion. Forwarded my query to the support staff.

  5. All you grant Automattic is a licence to display the content of your blog. You can remove it at any time and you do retain your rights to do with it what you please at a future time.

    From the ToS:

    By submitting Content to Automattic for inclusion on your Website, you grant Automattic a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog. If you delete Content, Automattic will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

    If you want to make money off of your content at a future date elsewhere on the net, you are free to do so.

    But as Judy states, if you want to get it in writing from staff, you are free to send in a feedback.


  6. @drmike
    You hit the nail right on its head... in a manner of speaking. Thanks. :)

    Got a reply to email query from Support; quoted the similar clause as you did. My doubts are now resolved.

  7. We went through this is DivantArt and geocities way back when. :)

  8. Thanks for raising the question here, and confirming the response from support.

  9. Agreed.

  10. Did I say thanks? Gosh I didn't.

    Thanks for all the help, guys. Must also say here that the email response from the support staff was pretty quick - it helps.

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