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03-13-2005, 03:39 AM
Your Rights Online: AIM's New Terms Of Service
America Online
Posted by CowboyNeal on Saturday March 12, @12:11AM
from the public-knowledge dept.
acaben writes "AOL has posted new terms of service for AIM, that include the right for AOL to use anything and everything you send through AIM in any way they see fit, without informing you. A sample passage: '...by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy.'"

Source Slashdot.org (http://www.slashdot.org)

If I used AIM, I would stop. Screw that.

03-13-2005, 03:53 AM
Wow. That's just idiotic.

I'm glad I don't use AIM.

03-13-2005, 05:01 AM
Oh, shit.

I'm still going to use it.

03-13-2005, 05:34 AM
I don't see how this would affect me. Kinda sucks though.

03-13-2005, 06:13 AM
god damn this aim
im stoping my aim and continue msn

03-13-2005, 06:15 AM
So if you send someone a manuscript... they can take it and publish it before you and make royalties. Basically it's allowing them to snoop around where they shouldn't be.

Fucking AOL.

03-13-2005, 07:37 AM
Anything you send via AIM automatically belongs to AOL.
Plus they can sell anything to other companies.

03-13-2005, 08:29 AM
That's crap. But I don't share my plans to create an ultra-cool time travel machine, so I'll keep using.

03-13-2005, 01:31 PM
Does this only apply if you update your software? Because if so, fuck them..I'm not updating my AIM anymore..those privacy invading assholes.

03-13-2005, 01:40 PM
I guess I have to switch to something else. I'm hardly ever on AIM anyways. :mellow:

03-13-2005, 02:09 PM
Just so you know, this means if you send someone say, a copyrighted mp3, you can be traced and tracked down.

03-13-2005, 03:16 PM
Well, I don't send anything important through AIM, so you know, I really don't care. Plus, do you honestly think they go through reading every conversation anyone has on AIM? No.

03-13-2005, 07:41 PM
This is completely BS. I send very classified stuff (i'm serious) that I would not want them a) looking at B) claiming ownership over c) them having any part with at all.

We should boycott them. Idiots.

03-13-2005, 07:45 PM
why dont they BAN fucking BOTS

03-13-2005, 09:37 PM
AIM is a pain in the ass anyway.

03-14-2005, 12:04 AM
argh.... i hate this. I'll have to switch to flippin' MSN/Yahoo now.... jeez...

03-14-2005, 12:35 AM
wow...im glad i use MSN and not AIM.

03-14-2005, 02:56 AM
Originally posted by Derek@Mar 13 2005, 07:49 AM
Does this only apply if you update your software? Because if so, fuck them..I'm not updating my AIM anymore..those privacy invading assholes.
Doesn't matter what software you use, anything that goes through their servers is automatically given ownership to AOL.

elie2 - If you send anything through AOL, you don't own it anymore, AOL does. ;)