Friday, May 16, 2008

WEBsite TOS = Criminal Law?

Interesting developments in this case.

Technically this means anyone who has registered a false name on a website - if in the TOS this is explicitly not allowed you are now facing minimum jail time under federal criminal law.

"By way of example, Granick notes that some terms-of-use contracts prohibit users from making negative comments about the company. "If you write on a blog something disparaging about that company, are you in violation of criminal law?"
Other contracts have prohibited visitors to a website from linking to that site.

Yeh it sucks what happened but introducing precedents like this is just bad law.


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