Proposal: Worldbuilding

A question occurred to me, we will be working with people's original creative works, what can we do to ensure that content is protected? I am not familiar with the rules on copyright etc. Do we need to take this into account?

  • Good responses, probably worth mentioning in the about contents should this go to beta.
    – James
    Apr 21, 2014 at 17:48

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When you register to use any Stack Exchange site, you agree that your posts will be under the CC license. This would apply to any posts on the worldbuilding site. It's how Stack Exchange works.

We have this same problem on the Writers site; the question there is if posting a section of a work for critique can cause that section of work to become CC-licensed. (See: By posting a selection of previously written text here, are we waiving our copyrights to the excerpt? on Meta Stack Exchange. While that thread clarifies some of the issues, I don't believe a definitive answer has been provided yet.)

TL;DR - Stuff on any Stack Exchange site will be under CC license, period. If this is a problem, Stack Exchange isn't where you should ask about stuff.

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    Posting specific content for review is better suited for a more discussion oriented site anyway: The Worldbuilding Reddit, The Cartographers' Guild, etc.
    – smithkm
    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:17

Is it not the purpose of SE sites to spread knowledge that can be used by others?

THe question makes a good point that posting here would put the idea into the public mind, if not into the public domain in the legal sense. I believe that anybody who has a brilliant new idea from which they hope to profit, would keep their powder dry by asking around the subject rather than by asking directly.

The CC licence is clearly stated on SE. Anyone preparing to post a question should use it.

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    I completely agree. But in this case we may cross over into personal creations as opposed to just facts as they exist, just want to make sure it is considered.
    – James
    Apr 16, 2014 at 20:20

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