by Mike Masnick

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copyright, exclusive license


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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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 11 Aug 2012 @ 1:18am

    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.

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