Who owns the copyright to S[OFU] content?
Questions often ask for solutions to difficult problems. Since many users are resourceful and creative, I wouldn't be surprised to find novel ideas in posted answers. An answer might solve a business crushing problem or propose a solution that creates a whole new kind of business.
If a user reads a posted answer and starts a profitable business based around the posted answer do authors have any recourse to defend their intellectual property?
I someone were to seek out patentable ideas on SO and file them, they would likely make a profit.
Do authors give up the rights to the intellectual property of their answers by posting them? If so, have they been warned?
Personally, I'm against software patents and ownership of ideas and believe in the sharing of solutions and knowledge, but I was wondering what the official SO policy is on intellectual property (I couldn't find any) as well as what users think the policy should be.