The most outrageous copyright grab ever!

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of

Monday December 17, 2012

You may or may not have heard of It is a news aggregator website similar to Metafilter, Reddit and others. It has attracted a large number of followers who submit interesting news articles with witty headlines. An article posted on Fark can attract a hundred comments or more.

Fark is a great site, for those who appreciate its oddly coded humor. No complaints so far.

Fark also has competitions. Audio Masterclass likes competitions, as you might have noticed. And like Audio Masterclass, Fark offers no prize other than exposure and attention, and the fun of taking part. There are Photoshop competitions, 'Farktography' competitions and AudioEdit competitions. Often the entries are amazing.

But there is a problem...

If you submit to, Fark will take ALL of your copyright. That applies to headlines, comments, Photoshop montages, photographs and audio edits. In other words everything. Here is their copyright notice...

Copyright Notice is the legal owner of all copyright interests of content. Each and every submission to carries with it an implied assignment of the entire copyright interest in the submission. In exchange for the content and publication of that submission on, grants back to the submitter a non-exclusive, non-transferable and royalty-free license to republish that submission in any and all forms.

If you are not absolutely horrified by this, then you should be.

Basically takes the ENTIRE copyright in your work, and then gives you back a license to use it yourself.

Fark can sell your work, re-publish your work wherever and whenever they please, license it to others, repurpose it, sell the film/TV rights - anything they like for as much money as they can get.


Notice that you can't even transfer the license they gave you back. Basically you've been shafted. Totally.

This is the most oppressive and outrageous copyright notice I have ever seen. But has another little bit of cheekiness, right down at the bottom of every page... is the legal owner of all copyrights in the content on this site.

Yeah right! So none of the Photoshop montages or audio edits are derivative works, containing other people's copyright material (probably unlicensed)? Anyone who believes that should look for a gullibility competition to enter right now.

In summary, if you submit to - anything - then you will be shafted. Be aware. Be very aware!

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