Being of the opinion that this is an "open" discussion where thoughts can be expressed freely the following is replied: (why say this: wait and see...will the flamers arrive) ************** As a person who holds several patients/copyrights....an as a person who has taken legal actions to enforce ownership........its a long/expensive journey. being curious I asked my own attorneys...then contacted two law schools. As yes it was only because of being curious....no other motives. Intellectual Property: "ideas".....can a persons intellectual property be patiented..of course. But what happens when ideas have been exchanged by several persons but only one person obtains a copyright on the exchanged ideas?? Actually this is not even a very complicated legal issue...its been tested in courts of law many times..... if someone opens a public forum but fails to place a notice stating the ideas expressed publically in that forum becomes the sole property of the..lets say the vendor so as not to get over complicated.......without that notice..is it possible for the owners of those expressed ideas to make l a legal claim ? understand that we are not discussing websites.....the subject is intellectual ideas. The website just the platform of discussion. So what do you think? Is ownership joint? Is ownership singular? The Snowman NOTE PLEASE: This post is not in away directed at any vendor...product.......is presented with no purpose..open to discussion.......placed as a question.