INB 347 Data is the next Intel Inside.

The key premise of this title is that a great way to great a popular and profitable website is to have users create the data that your website is popular form. In essence the site is a vessel for users to read rate and appreciate other users content rather than the traditional idea that an internet site will promote its own data, data driven websites are driven by the users themselves.  The most popular of site that does this is Wikipedia which hosts articles that allow the public to go in and edit information at will, and due to this get millions of hits a year. Although a popular site I have chosen to analyse a blogging site rather than a wiki because due to the nature of the websites content there is more of an argument to who owns the data being uploaded.

Once again I spent my time reading the terms and conditions of the site (the little box that has the word “agree” next to it) and found the following choice quote;

“If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software.”

This part of the terms and conditions then goes on to discuss the different content which may cause you to come under fire from the law or the website itself. Which included but was not limited to Spam, pornography, viruses and worms, misleading blog names and unlabeled computer code.

In essence the premise of this clause is to say that word press is in no way shape or form legally or otherwise responsible for the content that you as a user upload onto its site.  However it then goes onto say that;

“By submitting Content to Automattic [the good people who own] 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.”

Which for the most part is expected by the user as this is a clause that many sites employ in order to save themselves from legal prosecution if they use your information for advertisement or in-fact any other venture they like (this is why I never started my “rags to riches” inventions blog).

So from what I have seen that in the case of many data driven web applications you as the user do own all content that you upload to the web. However you share almost dual ownership with the site itself but have to bare all responsibility for said material.


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