Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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1003.4 User Generated Content (UGC)

1003.4 User Generated Content (UGC)

Many websites allow users to post content that they created, such as comments, reviews, photographs, or videos. This type of material is known as user generated content (“UGC”).

As a general rule, the user is the author of any original expression that he or she creates and posts to a website, and the user owns the copyright in that material unless he or she transfers ownership of all the exclusive rights to the website owner pursuant to a valid, signed, written transfer of ownership.

For more information on ownership issues involving UGC, see Section 1005.

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