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I post this out of interest and alarm. I have been using iChat more and more lately, and iChat uses AIM to communicate with non-Mac types. (It has always saddened me that AIM people can not see my “I’m Here/I’m Not” comments.)

It seems the AIM/AOL terms now say this:

Although you or the owner of the Content retain ownership of all right, title and interest in Content that you post to any AIM Product, AOL owns all right, title and interest in any compilation, collective work or other derivative work created by AOL using or incorporating this Content. In addition, 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. You waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the Content or to be compensated for any such uses.

Which means they can use anything you say through AIM for their own purpose. It’s quite nearly evil…

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Steve Expounded Thusly:

It seems the hoo-ha over this one actually made some difference. Here’s a clip from an article:

America Online said late Monday that it plans to revise its user agreement in response to concerns that instant messages sent through the company’s service could be monitored. The new policy for AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, will stress that the company does not eavesdrop on customer’s conversations except in unusual circumstances such as a court order, an AOL spokesman said.

If only we could always change the big companies’ minds!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005 • 10:07am • Permalink


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