All Your Content Are Belong To Us

By Deane Barker on December 2, 2004

Boing Boing: MSN Spaces = soylent green: Boing Boing points out something pretty flippin’ important about MSN Spaces: Microsoft owns anything you post there. If you post a picture, Microsoft can technically sell that picture to anyone for whatever reason, receive money for it, and never pay you Dime One.

This is from their Terms of Service.

For materials you post or otherwise provide to Microsoft related to the MSN Web Sites (a “Submission”), you grant Microsoft permission to (1) use, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, modify, translate and reformat your Submission, each in connection with the MSN Web Sites, and (2) sublicense these rights, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. Microsoft will not pay you for your Submission.



  1. I didn’t catch that while I was there, but I did notice that they go to great lengths to heavily categorize your info, which I imagine will factor into reuse elsewhere. For instance, they have a spot where you can list your favorite music. Any guesses on how long it takes until that hooks to MSN Music?

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