WordPress.com Copyright Issues

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    Right now I have a WordPress.com blog.

    I recently heard a rumor. It was this:

    “I should use a WordPress.org site for my blog instead, because on a WordPress.com site, WordPress.com ends up owning/holding the copyright to everything I put/post on the blog.”

    Is this true?

    I use the blog to write about a non-profit program I run. Some of the posts are my own musings (to which, I assume, I hold the copyright; the right to reprint/republish in future) and other works by my members (to which, I assume, they hold the copyright; the right to reprint/republish in future).

    In terms of copyright (who actually owns what I post/write on the blog) what is the difference between .COM and .ORG?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    The blog I need help with is eastmeetswestbookclub.wordpress.com.


    You need to read the wordpress.COM terms of service. Your content created by you belongs to YOU and you along.




    Thanks The Sacred Path. I will re-read. The rumor came from someone I thought to be really “in the know”. They were quite sure I should switch to a .org site so I would avoid issues re: copyright in the future.



    Note: Could someone HIGHLIGHT and copy/paste the line for me about WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT on MATERIAL POSTED BY ME ON A WORDPRESS.COM BLOG? I guess I’m an idiot, and I can’t see anything as clear as that….


    It isn’t as clear as it should be. I’ve put a “modlook” tag on this thread and hopefully staff will see it and be able to put your mind at ease and point you to the section in the TOS, or some other place where this is stated.



    “I should use a WordPress.org site for my blog instead, because on a WordPress.com site, WordPress.com ends up owning/holding the copyright to everything I put/post on the blog.”

    Is this true?


    You create, it’s yours.
    If you want to write the next book/movie blockbuster here we would not have a claim on a penny because it’s your work. (And we wouldn’t even try)
    We do not own in any way, shape or form anything you write or post to your blog. Nothing. (except if you started copying all our work. That would be a little annoying because that is ours)

    CNN blog with us, Top Gear do, many other organisations do and we own nothing of theirs. Every blogger here owns their own creations.

    If you read the Terms of Service you will see that we do say we will use your blog posts. We do this so we can show your blog/posts on the tags pages, on the front page, in related links and anywhere else on wordpress.com where we promote how people are using wordpress.com to create and publish. It is no more complex than that. If you do not want that to happen we can make your blog ‘mature’ which will prevent linking, That’s not a complete guarantee but it’s pretty close. So that is all the TOS does.

    But you own everything. We just give you the tools to create.

    Does that help?



    OT but-someone might want to fix the link to the ToS in the lower right footer. :)


    @tess, I saw that and reported it via the contact link.



    Thank you all so much! Yes – it was this (“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.”) that was tripping us up here. I want to make sure because the blog I maintain is for a non-profit group, and in the next few months, we’re going to copy all the material from the blog (material we wrote and posted) and print/sell it. I don’t want to have any issues.



    P.S., so if I’m gonna stay here (with .com), I’ll buy a DOMAIN NAME and keep blogging away (http://eastmeetswestbookclub.wordpress.com/). Is there an easy way to do that? And does GoDaddy work?


    I would contact staff directly on selling things from the blog just for their input. Since it is a non-profit, I doubt seriously that there would be any issues, but it is best to ask anyway.


    Just explain it’s a non-profit, and let them know what you are going to be doing. As I said, I doubt there would be any issue.


    You can buy a domain name right here from wordpress.COM and map it to the blog here so that it comes up with your domain name.


    It is typically less expensive to buy the domain name here ($15 total for the name and mapping) than to do it through a different source. The domain name would be yours, and you could if you wished at a later date transfer it to a different registrar, so there aren’t any issues that way.


    “I should use a WordPress.org site for my blog instead, because on a WordPress.com site, WordPress.com ends up owning/holding the copyright to everything I put/post on the blog.”

    You’re thinking of Facebook, not WordPress. lol



    pornstarbabylon is right!

    WP of ANY kind does not claim copyright; they only say they have the right to publish ON YOUR BLOG the stuff you blog. That’s what the terms of service mean. And you can set how public you want that, or even make it completely private so nobody but you and staff ever see it. Your copyright and your confidence will be respected.


    They banned my Facebook account for using a “fake name” though I’ve been using it for almost three years. I told them my safety is at risk. So they said I can get it back if I send them a scan of my government-issued ID. WHAT?? They said I can keep the screen name that I have but inside my account I would have to put my real name but switch it to private. But with all of the things coming out about how Facebook breaks a person’s privacy, I can’t risk that. Last week I read that Facebook has been putting apps on people’s profiles and never telling them!!



    Oh, Facebook is a WHOLE different ballgame. Facebook is awful.


    Facebook apparently took evil pills.



    One of the reasons I chose WrdPress.com is that I *do* get to keep my rights. I read and re-read the TOS before I signed up, just to make sure.

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