Any copyright experts out there?
As you probably know Thanet Star has generally been a collaborative project and different writers produce posts for us at different times.
The understanding has always been that any posts are provided under a perpetual, world-wide (this is the web), non-transferable, license. In other words, once published, it stays published.
The problem is that one of the people who has written for us, I am not saying who that is, has turned into a giant sulky-pants over a completely unrelated issue. This person, let us call him TwitNoodle (because that is kind of funny), has decided to try and come at me from every conceivable direction. So far without any notable successes.
TwitNoodle has found cause to loudly and angrily object to pretty much every project I have ever been involved with. Ever. So far, folks appear to have mostly just laughed this angry little noodle off.
Now, however, they have decided that the articles they contributed are a breach of copyright. If your reaction is some variation of "WTF?" then you are not alone. I pretty much have been ignoring TwitNoodle's increasingly paranoid and rude emails, letters and general harassment.
If you have been wondering why I have not been posting like I once did, this has a lot to do with it. It is very hard to go wrestle with the tribalistic nature of local politics when you have a monkey like this on your back. If I am honest, it is getting me down.
Anyway, now it seems that TwitNoodle has been bombarding my ISP with emails and the legal department have had to get involved. I can prove that TwitNoodle freely offered the articles on this blog for publication, so that's not a problem. What I cannot prove is the nature of a verbal agreement nor of the implied agreement of permanent publication.
The articles themselves receive 0% of the site's traffic so there is no loss to us in this but as our policy has been to strongly oppose bullies I need a way to move forward.
Where does Thanet Star stand on the whole right to carry these articles issue? Do I have any choice but to bow to a bully and manually depublish ancient articles from the archives?Is there a defence here?
Any help or advice you can offer would be greatly appricated.