OK, I am trying to get this straight before I go any further.
if Daniweb copyrights the content on the site (did I get this right?) in order to keep control, I assume this doesn't invalidate the Copyright on my source code I submit unless I sign over Copyright rights to my code.
Apparently copyright.gov has a provision for assigning rights to code.
Copyright Fair Use Doctrine in their FAQ states that I can copy a "limited amount" of Copyrighted material without permission, without stating how much (as long as it's not the whole thing). and they also talk about Derived Works (which I probably need to look into more.
Q: if I need permission to use someone's code, I should be able to do this simply by asking the author, if I am not mistaken, since it's the code author who still retains Copyright to their code?
Q: If I submit code to Daniweb, it's still mine and I still own the Copyright as far as I can tell with Copyright law as I can best understand it? or did it somehow change hands somewhere?
as far as retaining control over posts goes, I can see deleting a post, but if you are Copyrighting (or owning) someone else's code under the TOS under 'Posting', that doesn't wash with me. owning someone else's livelihood isn't right at all. how would you like it if your web server software was licensed so that the authors owned everything that went through it? you would be out of a job and so would nearly everyone else, and the Internet would cease to exist (or someone would make an alternative).
I like the techie stuff, though, like the page stats & such, and I like doing development, but I would prefer to get paid repeatedly for my development efforts like anyone else - I have to make a living with my skills - don't take that away from developers.
hey, while you are at it, that could be a money-making opportunity (?), selling a license to code for the author at their option... they make an income, you make an income. Just don't Copyright my code, please. be a code vendor? allow people to paste in a license or license URL into a box or select one from a select box. I could finsd that to be very interesting, but you would need to have a way to hold binary files I suspect, probably host the downloads on akamai.net or some other file hosting company.
Exodus 18:20-21, 20:17-19