MSN Spaces- MS owns your content


A lot of excitement this week as MSN debuted the new blogging service MSN Spaces.  Blogger asciident has pointed out something in the Terms of Use agreement that bloggers agree to when they create a blog on MSN Spaces:


For materials you post or otherwise provide to Microsoft related to the MSN Web Sites (a "Submission"), you grant Microsoft permission to (1) use, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, modify, translate and reformat your Submission, each in connection with the MSN Web Sites, and (2) sublicense these rights, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. Microsoft will not pay you for your Submission. Microsoft may remove your Submission at any time. For each Submission, you represent that you have all rights necessary for you to make the grants in this section. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Microsoft may monitor your e-mail, or other electronic communications and may disclose such information in the event it has a good faith reason to believe it is necessary for purposes of ensuring your compliance with this Agreement, and protecting the rights, property, and interests of the Microsoft Parties or any customer of a Microsoft Party.

So basically MSN owns anything you publish on your blog.  Be careful with this.

(via boingboing)



I hope you’re right Kevin but my feeling is that MSN Spaces will be positively huge. It’s obviously designed for helping people who would never get a site online by themselves do so simply and quickly. And free. They are going to be giant quickly. At least, that’s my take on it, for better or worse. But to blatantly take rights of all personal stuff people post is going against the very grain of blogging.

Kevin C. Tofel

Interesting….why do the feel that they have to own everything in the computer space; OS, browser, my XBox on line preferences, and now personal thoughts in blogs?

What’s even more interesting to me is that the launch of the MSN hosted blogs gives a level of acceptance that blogging is a big thing. Something we already knew, but still, it’s a good thing. Much like the web browser, Microsoft has realized after the fact what the “next big thing” is. Unlike the web browser, I think that they will never be a major player in the blogosphere. Standards such as Moveable Type, RSS and XML will keep them to a small presence only.

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