torbjon wrote:I'm pretty sure this concept will really tick off some ru folks, but Honestly? I'd be a worthless two faced sack o' crap if I didn't actually Practice what I Preach, ya know? (see my few posts in Politics forum and continued references to Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties)
TheSkepticOverlord wrote:Shawnna wrote:Why would ATS feel the need to watermark an image to begin with? Why does ATS believe it needs to have exclusive rights to the posts by it's members?
First, we don't have the exclusive rights... our terms and conditions state:3) Content Copyright: By posting on this message board, you relinquish all exclusive copyright privileges to the material you post and you grant The Owners non-exclusive rights to publish your posts in perpetuity in all forms protected under our ATS Creative Commons License. The Above Network, LLC has the authority to decide to display your postings or not, and modify your posts to remove offensive material, modify your post title to accurately reflect content, remove vulgar comments, remove insults or delete any other content deemed inappropriate, at our discretion.
Next, we seek to preserve the context of all posts, which is why our creative commons deed requests that any use of a post points back to the entire thread, along with giving the author full credit. As I'm sure you know, one post out of context from a big thread can be misleading as the topic almost always evolves and the post may no longer be an accurate reflection of the opinions of those involved.
In the case of the image, with so many other O'Hare images cropping up, we want to ensure that some mechanism was in place that signified the origin of the image... a member of ATS. The image, in context with the thread and the detailed analysis and resulting split decision on fraud-or-not is an important piece of the puzzle. I'm sure you've seen "UFO photos" that have circulated far and wide with such frequency that the origins are now fuzzy, or completely unknown.
I'm sure you're not going to be satisfied with these two points, as you've likely made up your own mind and believe monetary considerations drive our every decision.
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