Beware the ToS Rights Grab of Headliner

Posted on October 8, 2013


This is a truly ALARMING new “feature” of blogs. Suzy Walker-Toye gets right to the heart of the matter: by using this “service” you are giving up all rights to your own materials and allowing this commercial service to use and resell them as it pleases. As exhaustively discussed in this forum thread, it will apparently cause your own blog to read as SPAM to search engines and slaughter your blog’s search engine rankings. DO NOT ENABLE

Memoirs of an Underwater Photographer

This is just a warning folks….

This came to my attention recently, has integrated a new 3rd Party Service into its post blogging panel (you know, the panel that comes up after you publish a post). I wondered about it – ostensibly it looks like a great service, who wouldn’t want to promote their posts for free across a range of services? Who ever reads the terms of services anyway? Well perhaps you should, when you read the ToS (Terms of Service), they basically are taking the right to do anything they please with your content, no holds barred

section 5c)

You grant to HEADLINER the unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual fully-paid and royalty-free right and license to host, use, copy, distribute, reproduce, disclose, sell, resell, sublicense, display, perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, modify, make derivative works from, retitle, reformat, translate, archive, store, cache or otherwise exploit

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