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LiveJournal got bought - my reaction:
Big Fucking Deal

I am: unimpressed
Current Media: TV: CNBC

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wednes From: wednes Date: January 6th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, I'm not clear on why everyone is freaking out so intensely. I mean, it's not exactly time to crack eachothers heads open in order to feast on the goo inside.

Not yet anyway...
ash_3 From: ash_3 Date: January 6th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I dunno. Is there really ever a bad time for that?
wednes From: wednes Date: January 7th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Not where I live, but this seems to be going on everywhere!
tarzxf From: tarzxf Date: January 6th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I Second That.
kadath From: kadath Date: January 6th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
My sole reservation concerns possible changes in the TOS, specifically, ownership of content. If Six Apart doesn't try to pull anything sneaky with that, then I have no problems whatsoever.
ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: January 6th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I got the general impression that changes in the TOS were solely required because LJ had never even had a lawyer look at the thing, and thus it was only vaguely enforceable at best.

I also cynically doubt that Six Apart can be arsed to wade through the "OMG I THINK HE LIEKS ME" contingent to find any *good* stuff to be underhanded with. ;)
kadath From: kadath Date: January 6th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It's the principle of the thing.

Besides, if they change the TOS so that they can claim rights even to friends-locked content, that could screw some of my writer buddies who use LJ as a non-intrusive way of circulating their stuff. Or there's cleolinda's Movies in 15 Minutes thing. She got a book deal out of that, and it all started on LJ.
ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: January 7th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh, certainly. I'm not doubting that. I'm pointing out that the lawyerly look-over and so on were, as far as Brad thinks at least, to firm up existing terms to make something that will stand up to court challenges, legal scrutiny, etc.

Six Apart's TypePad service has their own TOS that states their rights to TypePad client contents as follows:

10. CONTENT SUBMITTED
Six Apart does not claim ownership of the Content you place on your Six Apart Blog Site. By submitting Content to Six Apart for inclusion on your Six Apart Blog Site, you grant Six Apart a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your Blog Site on Six Apart's Internet properties. This license exists only for as long as you continue to be a Six Apart customer and shall be terminated at the time your Blog Site is terminated.


ie, "If we want to pimp your shit, we'll use your content to do so, but we don't want any other ownership over it."

Now, point 6 in the TypePad TOS is about what *sorts* of content you can post to a TypePad site, and that might be considerably more relevant to the sorts of stuff that shows up on LJ... assuming they adopt TypePad's TOS or some variant of it.
umbran From: umbran Date: January 7th, 2005 11:51 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Thank you for being reasonable. It seems people have forgotten "innocent until proven guilty", and have freaked out at the very idea of what might happen, before they even see the new TOS.

Standard primate behavior, but still less than rational.
From: tristons_moon Date: April 16th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I actually lost a LJ friend of 4 years over this same type of discussion ... but I was on the other side of you ...

sorry ...

~Trips~
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