This is a legitimate question, I think. Here’s what I was pointed to by another writer:
A few caveats:
- I do not use Patreon personally, but I know a lot of people do.
- I am not a lawyer and I don’t pretend to understand all the ins and outs of what is presented in the above article. I thought it might be of interest to others, however.
So, in the end, I don’t know. It sure looks, at first glance, like Patreon could use anything you post on your Patreon for whatever they wanted. But reading the comments, maybe not. And yes, as noted in the comments, it’s not that different from some of the language in Amazon’s KDP Select contract. I don’t use Select when I publish on Amazon, so I don’t know what they may or may not do with anything published through the program.
I do know several people I am aware of are closing their Patreon accounts because of the noted clause. If you use Patreon or are thinking about it, this may be something you might want to look into a bit deeper before you continue. Maybe even get your own lawyer to look at it and answer any questions you might have.
As they say: Buyer Beware! And Be Aware.
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