Why such restrictive forum/answerhub terms?

So, I read the terms at the bottom of answer hub:

By contributing information to this
and other Epic Unreal Engine support
outlets, including but not limited to
Unreal Developer Network websites and
mailing lists, you agree that any such
software code, comments, and feedback
(“Information”) regarding the Unreal
Engine you, your employees, assignees,
sub-licensees, agents, or
representatives (“You”) post or
otherwise submit shall become the sole
property of Epic. You hereby transfer
and assign to Epic Games, Inc. all
rights, title, and interest, including
copyrights and other intellectual
property rights, in such Information.

Now, as I’m understanding this, any code we post here, Epic claims as their own, which could then mean that if that code shows up in our game, Epic COULD sue over. This not only seems like a bad idea for people asking for help (as it’s really difficult to ask or give help without information), but also a really bad PR move by epic.

You know any code you write you own anyway, so you could sue these people yourself.

Akuthia -

Thanks for your questions. The purpose of the language you reference (and you’ll see similar language in the EULA) is to protect Epic from later claims that we don’t have the right to display the content (such as on the website) or that we’ve stolen ideas from someone that they submitted to us.

But the EULA states as follows:

However, you may continue to freely use any Feedback that you provide to Epic, and you may continue to use, in any manner consistent with the License, any Submission that you make available to Epic.

So Epic’s goal is not to prevent you from using such content in the future. With that in mind, I’ll look to see if the language you quoted needs modification.


My point Diesel, is the way I’m reading those terms, is if you post, awesomeFunction() here on AnswerHub, you’re agreeing that Epic now owns the rights to awesomeFunction(), so you wouldn’t actually have the right to sue a third party (outside of epic, meaning) from using the code you posted: That would be up to Epic.

Thanks for the answer Canon, but what you describe, and how I’m reading those terms (that I posted) don’t sound like they are the same.What it sounds like you’re stating from the EULA is more of a “right to use” clause (like winning the lottery, part of the terms in winning is something like “By accepting the lottery winnings, you grant the lottery association the right to use your name and likeness in future promotional materials with no further considerations…”)

And, as always for every internet arm chair lawyer, IAMAL.

I agree with you that the language you posted (from below) is not quite in line with what I wrote, and I’ll have some better language posted in the legal blurb at the bottom of AnswerHub.