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Can we use code posted on the answerhub?

Hi, I just wondered what the rules are regarding the code people post on the AH?

I was sure I'd read somewhere that it wasn't permitted to use other peoples code that they'd put on the AH but I looked again at the EULA (which is where I thought I'd read it) and didn't notice it.

The main reason I'm asking is that I created a BP system over the last week and it works and it's performing fairly well in terms of performance, however I had to have it jump through a few extra hoops which of course adds some delays that I know (if I knew how to do it in C++) it wouldn't need to do, though nativization may make these delays less of an issue.

Ironically today while looking for something totally different I stumbled across an old AH post, the author of which had posted the C++ version of the system I'd just made because they were asking for help due to problems with its' returned data (interestingly enough this same problem is why my BP system has to jump through the few extra hoops).

They then posted the answer to their own problem, meaning they've submitted their whole code on the AH.

So I just wondered whether it's permitted to use it or if they still retain copyright/ownership for posted content.

Thanks.

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asked Apr 20 '18 at 11:13 AM in Legal & Licensing

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They then posted the answer to their own problem, meaning they've submitted their whole code on the AH.

From Epic's ToS:

[...] You understand that your User Contributions may be copied by other Services users and discussed on and outside of the Services, and if you do not have the right to submit User Contributions for such use, it may subject you to liability. Epic takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content Posted by you or any third party.

And also from the same source:

Any User Contribution that you Post will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, and you grant Epic a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such User Contribution throughout the world in any media;

The key word here is "nonexclusive right to use"

Posting a code snippet in the AH grants both Epic and any other user that stumbles upon it the above-mentioned rights.

tl;dr: you're in the clear

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answered Apr 20 '18 at 01:58 PM

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