This is completely false. At no time does ProBoards ever claim to own your posts. You always retain the copyright on your own postings. The only thing we do is acquire a license from you (just like Facebook, Twitter, etc) so that we can display the content on the forum. Again, this is simply not true. Our Terms of Service states in plain English "You maintain full ownership of all your User Content posted to ProBoards." Yes, you can do this. To request a copy of your data you go to www.proboards.com, login at the top, go to Account Settings > Export. This is insulting, honestly. We provide a service at no cost to the Internet community - over 3.5 million forums have been created using ProBoards. To imply that we are somehow taking advantage of people is ridiculous. We are very up front about how our service works. We provide hosting, security, backups, forum software, free tech support, etc. For that service, we place advertisements on the forum (or you can pay to remove them). Again, you can export your data as described above.