I am reading on many many websites or videos something like:

"All rights goes to their respectful owners"
"Jack and other characters mention are property of Dreamworks and respectful owners"
"All characters are copyright to their respectful owners"
"All Photos belong to their respectful owners and are being used..."

I am puzzled. Should it not be "respective owners" ?

Well I am sure there should be owners who "show respect", but I am suspecting they are just misspelling a word in this context. Is that wrong ?

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    It should be respective. Are these websites (or the T&Cs thereof) written by people who don't speak very good English and/or copied from poor sources?
    – TrevorD
    Aug 25, 2013 at 13:16

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You're quite right, it should be respective, have a look at the definitions for respective and respectful:

Relating to two or more persons or things regarded individually; particular: successful in their respective fields.


Showing or marked by proper respect.


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