Sam Brown

Why am I uninstalling iChat/AIM?

I’m uninstalling and ceasing future use of AOL’s instant messaging system because they have updated their Terms of Service.

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.

Taking a particularly good look at the line: You waive any right to privacy.

Riiight.. goodbye use of AOL. Perhaps more users will be switching to Skype, which has not only 256-bit encryption, but you can voice call others anywhere in the world!

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Tek 14 March 2005, 11:41 #1

I believe there was always a clause to that matter where they may monitor your conversation, but I think this is the first I’ve seen waiving rights to privacy. As I’ve been preaching all along… use Skype people!!!

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Sam Brown co-founded Iterate, and was previously VP of Design at Foursquare. Based in NYC.