More on EULAs - LinkedIn and Beyond

Recently I posted on the User Agreement for LinkedIn. And now LinkedIn has decided to make some changes to this agreement. The first curious thing (a.k.a. red flag) was the site let me know when I logged in that changes had been made to the User Agreement. This is not normal. The second thing - apparently France has some laws that presented some issues. Here the changes are in their full glory: Summary of Changes to LinkedIn User Agreement LinkedIn has revised its User Agreement as of November 14, 2008. LinkedIn did not materially alter the user agreement, but revised it to provide more detail and clarification in certain provisions and added certain disclosures required by French law. This summary page is intended to facilitate your review and understanding of the changes to LinkedIn’s user agreement. However, you should read the full user agreement, as you will be bound by its terms when you view, access or otherwise use LinkedIn. Following are highlights of the revisions to the user agreement:
In Section 1, under the heading “Your Obligations—What You Must Do: License and warrant your submissions”, you agree to inform LinkedIn of changes to your registration information and to inform LinkedIn if you believe someone is misusing or otherwise appropriating your information. We note that we do not independently identify users when they connect to the site or supervise the content provided by users. Finally, we remind you that information you reveal on LinkedIn is available to its entire community of users. In Section 1, under the heading “Your Obligations—What You Must Do: Privacy”, we recommend that you read our full privacy policy before deciding whether to become a user of LinkedIn. In Section 1, under the heading “Your Obligations—What You Must Do: Export Control”, we make certain required export control disclosures. In Section 4, under the heading “Disclaimer”, we explain that we do not have any obligation to verify the identity of persons subscribing to LinkedIn services and we remind you that we are not responsible for the actions of other users. We further advise that we do not make any guarantee that our services will function without interruption or error and so we disclaim all liability in that regard. In Section 11, under the heading “Claims Regarding Copyright Infringement”, you consent to our use of the content you submit for display on LinkedIn. At the very end of the document, we added certain disclosures which apply only if your country of registration is France, you are using LinkedIn from France and you are using the French language version of LinkedIn. In that case, you have certain rights of retraction and agree to refrain from “snowball” sales or services.
In my never ending EULA search, I came across this interesting and entertaining EULA language. Now instead of reading EULA's I'm going to start writing them.

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Greg Lambert said...

Seems that EULA's can be great places to hide Easter Eggs, too. Venkat Balasubramani sent me this link on Easter Egg in the WordPress Terms of Service.


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