Watch out, web comments may be put into print!

Got this charming message in my inbox today:

I am the editor of the Forum section of the Justice, Brandeis University’s student newspaper. Thank you for your comment on the article “Brandeis hires PR firm to handle Rose media attention” on the Justice Web site. This is to inform you that your comment will be published in the form of a letter to the editor in our Feb. 24 issue.

They could maybe have asked me to publish it, rather than told me it would be published? No matter. The comment in question appears to be this one.

2 replies on “Watch out, web comments may be put into print!”

  1. Danny, did you not read the Terms of Use on the Justice website. I particular like the following. Note, it is a single sentence.

    In connection with all User Content you submit using the User Content Submission Features, you grant to MTVU Channel, the Parent Companies and the Affiliates, the unqualified, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual and royalty free right, license, authorization and permission, in any form or format, on or through any media or medium and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed or discovered, in whole or in part, to host, cache, store, maintain, use, reproduce, distribute, display, exhibit, perform, publish, broadcast, transmit, modify, prepare derivative works of, adapt, reformat, translate, and otherwise exploit all or any portion of your User Content on the Site and any other channels, services, and other distribution platforms, whether currently existing or existing or developed in the future, of MTVU Channel, the Parent Companies and the Affiliates (collectively, the “Platforms”), for any purpose whatsoever (including, without limitation, for any promotional purposes) without accounting, notification, credit or other obligation to you, and the right to license and sub-license and authorize others to exercise any of the rights granted hereunder to MTVU Channel, the Parent Companies and Affiliates, in our sole discretion

  2. I think the paradigm is shifting (god i hate that term). In the olden days of ye olde internet, newspapers used it as another way to distribute their print content to younger folk and whatnot. I think newspapers are now turning into a way for old folks or people off the grid for whatever reason to get their hands on the latest news and discussions from the internet. this is just another sign of that.

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