24 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 829 (2007-2008)
User-Generated Content and the Future of Copyright: Part Two - Agreements between Users and Mega-Sites

handle is hein.journals/sccj24 and id is 839 raw text is: USER-GENERATED CONTENT AND THE FUTURE
OF COPYRIGHT: PART TWO-AGREEMENTS
BETWEEN USERS AND MEGA-SITES
Steven Hetchert
Abstract
This article examines issues surrounding the ownership of user
generated content (UGC). In particular, it examines the contractual
relationships that exist between the creators of UGC and the mega-
sites that host the content. Furthermore, this article argues that many
contracts, particularly those between minors and UGC mega-sites,
are unconscionable and thus invalid on their terms. This means that
these mega-sites are infringers on the copyright protected creative
output of large numbers of their users.

t   Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University. I wish to gratefully acknowledge the
research assistance of Casey Fiesler and Stephen Jordan. I also wish to thank the participants of
the various venues where I have discussed a variety of the ideas presented here over the past
academic year, including Santa Clara Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, Drake Law School,
Boston College Law School, and the University of South Carolina Law School.

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