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BBC use of h2g2 entries

Post 1

Icy North

Did the BBC retain the rights to publishing h2g2 material after they sold the site?

I occasionally read things I've written rehashed in one of their articles, but this one's clearly based on A49097785. The Roy Kinnear section is pretty much identical:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32531969


BBC use of h2g2 entries

Post 2

Baron Grim

I don't believe they did, but I'm curious to find out.

smiley - lurk


BBC use of h2g2 entries

Post 3

Cool Old Guy (ex-SockPuppet) Trying not to post for the next 200 days !

Cool Old Guy smiley - cogs working around fractures and pitfalls
"Checking in line smiley - lurksmiley - lurksmiley - cogs"


BBC use of h2g2 entries

Post 4

Gnomon - time to move on

There are still numerous "mirror" copies of h2g2 dotted around the BBC. They're a rather distorted mirror as they haven't changed in a few years. You'll find them hanging out of various websites that still have bbc.co.uk at the start of the address.


BBC use of h2g2 entries

Post 5

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

smiley - headhurts

Should we be alarmed smiley - yikes or flattered smiley - biggrin?

To be honest, as long a the BBC is not actually profiting form this practice, I think the most we should do is remind them of what they gave up by dumping us. smiley - smiley We're the original and the best version of us.


BBC use of h2g2 entries

Post 6

Bald Bloke

Not being part of the "management" I obviously don't know what the contract said.

but having been involved with a transfer of part of a company I used to work for, one of the things that the Lawyers were insistent on was to ensure that both bits of the company could still retain, use, and update as they wished all the existing company documents.
The only things that had to change were logo's etc. on any updated documents.

So I would have thought the BBC lawyers being much more involved with copyright than we ever were would have made sure they couldn't get in trouble for any bits of h2g2 from before the sell off.


BBC use of h2g2 entries

Post 7

Baron Grim

Ah... You know what? I noticed this was about sprots smiley - football and didn't even bother checking the links. Now that I have, I'm not sure this qualifies in any sense as unfair use or even whether or not it was taken from here. It's a quote in the public domain.

Even if this was the "source" for the quote, it's still just a quote. I didn't see anything in the editorial text that seems to be lifted from here (but I may have missed something as sprots discussions tend to turn my brain off, same with economics and insurance. smiley - headhurts)


BBC use of h2g2 entries

Post 8

Cool Old Guy (ex-SockPuppet) Trying not to post for the next 200 days !

Cool Old Guy smiley - cogs in a smiley - mod
"Is this site not the source of all sorts of sprots ?

We invented them, we laid down the rulers and liners and slackers and procrastinators and well maybe I lost the points of why I posted too. "


BBC use of h2g2 entries

Post 9

Icy North

Yes, the quotes are in the public domain - it's just the idea of bringing them together in this context, and some of the particular ones they used.

That h2g2 entry was known to the BBC, as Nick Reynolds linked to it in one of his blogs (10th birthday, I think). They've just rehashed it slightly.


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