LinkedIn, I LIKED YOU, I REALLY LIKED YOU…

Until you came up with your new terms, which are so heinous that even you felt the need to warn us with “Any information you submit to us is at your own risk of loss.”

Houston, we’ve got a problem.

B. License and warranty for your submissions to LinkedIn

You own the information you provide LinkedIn under this Agreement, and may request its deletion at any time, unless you have shared information or content with others and they have not deleted it, or it was copied or stored by other users. Additionally, you grant LinkedIn a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sublicenseable, fully paid up and royalty-free right to us to copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, process, analyze, use and commercialize, in any way now known or in the future discovered, any information you provide, directly or indirectly to LinkedIn, including, but not limited to, any user generated content, ideas, concepts, techniques and/or data to the services, you submit to LinkedIn, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or to any third parties. Any information you submit to us is at your own risk of loss. By providing information to us, you represent and warrant that you are entitled to submit the information and that the information is accurate, not confidential, and not in violation of any contractual restrictions or other third party rights. It is your responsibility to keep your LinkedIn profile information accurate and updated.

Leave a comment (7)

  1. scott’s avatar

    this is crazy. free services are always trying to get something. This is more likely a CYA thing as opposed to any grand designs to actually use content for corporate gain but still.

  2. James’s avatar

    Couldn’t agree more with this article.

  3. Don Giannatti’s avatar

    Usually when I see these TOS’s I remind folks that when something is posted to a ‘sharing’ site, all of those listed things happen to the content… it is copied, published, re-assigned, and etc..

    The mere fact of posting anything to LI, and having it instantly sent to backup servers is publishing, derivitave… and on and on.

    In this litigious society, it has to be covered… and it is ‘cover their asses’ corporate attorneys being overly cautious.

    But this is terribly written and although I do not think there is malicious intent, it certainly clears the way for it. I am not liking this one.

    Have they not ever familiarized themselves with the reaction of people when they go all ‘lawyuh’ and make bumbling copy that seems far more onerous than it really is.

    Attorneys… waddayagonnado.

  4. Jon DeVaul’s avatar

    Debra, thanks for bring this to our attention. When I post a blog through WordPress, I announce it to my Linkedin groups. The last image on my blog shows up as a thumbnail on my announcement…are they claiming the rights to that image, anything on my blog? I’m really tired of these “respectable” thieves.

    1. admin’s avatar

      Jon – they are referring to any contact you put on their site. As Don said, much of this is about covering their ass. However, that can be done in a way that is not threatening and inflammatory.

  5. Wayne’s avatar

    Hi Debra: It was good to see you again this past week. How was the rest of your time in Chicago? I hope your seminar was ultimately worthwhile.

    The rights grab of LinkedIn (in this case) is unquestionably brutal for those of us who produce content and want to share it. Maybe we could post a link and a petition going to voice our displeasure?

    1. admin’s avatar

      Wayne – It was good to see you too. i’d be happy to do anything – I have heard/seen nothing regarding the change in terms. The apathy and complacency is stunning.

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