Friday, September 11, 2009

Twitter's new terms of service: Give us all rights to your words

This is the strangest bit of lexical legerdemain I've seen in a while.

According to the Sept 10 post on the Twitter Blog (which tries to explain Twitter's new Terms of Service in plain English):
Twitter is allowed to "use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute" your tweets because that's what we do. However, they are your tweets and they belong to you.
Pray tell me, in what possible sense does something belong to me if I've given every worthwhile right of usage over to somebody else?

13 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:39 PM

    Good point. This really sucks.

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  2. You can still use, copy, publish, reproduce, etc. your own tweets. It would only be evil if Twitter forced you to give up your rights.

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  3. Anonymous5:54 PM

    They have to do most if not all of those things for other people to actually see your tweet.

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  4. Anonymous9:44 PM

    don't use twitter. don't use facebook. easy as that!

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  5. Data rights concerns are why I bothered to set up my own Laconica server. Getting somewhat tired of other people owning all my content.

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