Craigslist Realizes It Went Too Far, No Longer Requires Exclusive License To Your Posts

from the non-exclusive dept

We’ve been noting some questionable behavior on the part of Craigslist lately, including its change in policy in which it tried to claim an exclusive license to everything you post on the site. This was of dubious legality already, and it appears that Craigslist has realized that it was going way too far. It’s now dropped the exclusivity requirement, though has remained (typically) quiet about its thinking. Hopefully this is a sign that the company is actually paying attention to the public outcry about its recent bullying techniques. Craigslist (and Craig himself) have such a great reputation for being “good” players on the internet, it would be a shame if they hurt their reputation with moves that are so antithetical to the open internet.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Safe Harbour

They have to do this, otherwise they would lose their DMCA safe harbour. If they actually did get an exclusive license for users’ content, then that would amount to taking ownership of the copyright in the content, then they lose their DMCA safe harbour. That did not actually happen because transfers of copyright ownership have to be in writing. However, they were skating on thin ice.

They have wisely decided to put the matter of safe harbour back to a safe place.

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

Of course one is left to wonder why they don’t look at the best of the best apps/sites that make “their” content more useful and look at acquiring it.

It almost seems like CL is heading down the path laid out by lawyers, where what they have done is sacred and needs no improvement whatsoever, to suggest change or make change is an attack on an icon!

Evolve or die… accept that people can build upon what you created and make it better. Fighting to stop them wastes time and money, and makes you less useful to users… and well your business isn’t exactly rocket science.

notbob says:


Funny how everyone sees it as a keyhole, as opposed to what it actually is, an “open” break in a closed circle, or an O, if you will. Regardless, I think it’s quite a clever symbol. But, for the OSI to go after OSHWA is just plain silly. What’s next? Capital C is going to sue capital G for infringement?


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