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  • I am not sure what to do here. On the one hand I feel that my work is my work. Where I want it to appear and how it looks is important to me. It is why I joined Cowbird in the first place. On the other hand I am proud of being here, on Cowbird and being recognized as a member of the community.

    It has occurred to me that you are taking a fundamental right of mine away. If the site goes read only, will I still be able to delete my work. It seems to me that if I hold the copyright that you can't take this option away from me. Now I have not consulted any legal authorities on this matter and I am not sure I will but I am curious as to why and how you feel you have the right to dictate the access and use of content that is mine. The structure and code, I get your argument that it is yours (although I fundamentally disagree with your assessment of what that entitles you to do), but that is a bare-limbed tree in winter without the content we have put here. I am not sure you do have the right to take my work from me which you are very much doing or certainly interfering my my ability to determine how it will be displayed. What gives you the right to play the sorcerer who casts the spell to freeze what we have done?

    What about my creation?

    Why are your rights above mine in this regard?

    Part of me feels I really must delete my work here before I lose it in the sense of losing control of it. I didn't put it here to be yours, or to be static.

    Maybe you won't answer. That is fine. But if your actions are declaring this is yours, then you can't have my contribution. It doesn't belong to you.

    I respect what you have done. I respect you wanting to move on. Moving on in our own direction, in my book, does not entail trampling others, or taking away what is theirs.

    I am not going to comment on other aspects of this situation, only this one. The issue of ownership. It is likely new territory for copyright law. It is certainly new territory for moral consideration. My basic tenet is you do not own what I put here and therefore do not have the right to restrict my access to it.

    Yours,

    Ben
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