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March 13th, 2005, 04:11 PM #1
AOL / IM BIG issue
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- West Coast USA
For those of you who communicate via AOL /IM as I do
AOL's Terms of Service Update for AIM Raises Eyebrows
America Online, Inc. has quietly updated the terms of service for its AIM instant messaging application, making several changes that is sure to raise the hackles of Internet privacy advocates.
The revamped terms of service, which apply only to users who downloaded the free AIM software on or after Feb. 5, 2004, gives AOL the right to "reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote" all content distributed across the chat network by users.
"You waive any right to privacy. You waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the content or to be compensated for any such uses," according to the AIM terms-of-service.
Although the user will retain ownership of the content passed through the AIM network, the terms give AOL ownership of "all right, title and interest in any compilation, collective work or other derivative work created by AOL using or incorporating this [user] content.
March 13th, 2005, 06:14 PM #2
WOW! Guess I'll try and be even for discreet than I am already. I mostly discuss business related material (non-sensitive), but I know AIM is susch a powerful communication tool and this seem a bit much.
I will look deeper at the Yahoo IM and see what it says.
Also looking into setting up a mozilla chat account.
Thanks for the heads up Adam,
March 13th, 2005, 07:45 PM #3
the open source version, GAIM, which will work in Windows OK, can act like all three IMs in one. As long as you have the accounts it will work with them. and it doesn't come with weatherbug, either. (unlike AOL IM)
March 14th, 2005, 01:05 AM #4
BTW the portion quoted in the first post talks about the content AOL delivers via AIM Today. It claims they are the sole owners of that content and that as a user we have no right to dictate how the content is displayed or use it in anyway. Them it goes on to say we the user waive the right to privacy. But the privacy they are speaking of is the privacy on our computer screen along with any comments you posted in a PUBLIC Chat room or an AIM forum.
March 15th, 2005, 01:22 PM #5
AOL To Modify AIM Terms of Service
America Online Inc. plans to make three small but significant modifications to the terms of service for its AIM instant messaging product to head off a firestorm of privacy-related criticisms.
The tweaks to the terms of service will be made in the section titled "Content You Post" and will explicitly exclude user-to-user chat sessions from the privacy rights an AIM user gives up to AOL.
March 15th, 2005, 06:45 PM #6
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