I’m in complete awe of the feedback that i’ve received on my most recently post. I’ve also been getting feedback in other channels, including via email, IM and my LJ. I couldn’t answer a question posed by one LJ commenter so i thought i’d throw it up here because i think it’s interesting:
So what does the IP ownership here look like? Because there are two parts to this; the software, and the community. So I have no idea how saleable the following are:
Old posts, text, images, etc. The software, seeing as it’s open source and basically freeware — can they revoke the rights of others to use the existing version of the software? The community itself — the network, the linkages, the usernames.
What I’m wondering is, in the event that LJ was sold, what legal obstacles are there to me gathering all of my friends, paying for hosting elsewhere, running a recent rev of the software, migrating all of our old posts, and replicating the network topology, node names, the whole nine yards, somewhere else. Basically, what does LJ own?