Is this a possible way 'round' Free forum database terms?

Discussion in 'Free Hosted Forums' started by cheat_master30, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    You know, the ones sites like Forumer, Freeforums and Proboards have against using data from a free hosted forum? That stuff in the terms of service that nobody reads and that is potentially not even valid to begin with?

    Well couldn't you argue the forum data comes under database rights rather than copyright? Because if so, those rights expire 15 years after publication.

    So just wait 15 years, then take back your forum data with a converter.

    Is this a potential way to get your forum data back with less hassle than the 'ask everyone personally' method on Proboards and what not?
  2. Greg

    Greg TAZ Rookie

    I don't understand why people say things like it has questionable validity? It seems like a perfectly reasonable privacy/copyright stance.

    I imagine the "just wait 15 years" part will be the issue for most people even without the questionable issues of database rights not existing in the US, and the fact that ostensibly the forum's database would be changing.
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