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When Licenses Go Bad

Matthew Thomas presents an interesting reason not to use Gmail:

From the Intellectual Property Rights section: "…you agree that you will not copy, reproduce, alter, modify, or create derivative works from the Service. You also agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automated device, or manual process to monitor or copy any content from the Service." For me, being able to check my e-mail is a pretty important part of having an e-mail account. Oh well.

I don't plan to use Gmail at all because I hate having to use a Web browser for those kinds of things. Contextual menus, quick sorting… all sorts of things you get in a desktop app are lacking in Gmail. Plus, usernames have to be six characters long, and, well, "iacas" is only five.

4 Responses to "When Licenses Go Bad"

  1. GMail TOS bans Checking Your Email

    Matthew Thomas » Why I can't use Gmail Via NSLog...

  2. GMail TOS bans Checking Your Email

    Matthew Thomas has discovered a fatal flaw in GMail's TOS:From the Intellectual Property Rights section (emphasis added):Accordingly, you agree that...

  3. That what you get when you let lawyers get involved... an email service where you're not allowed the retrieve your email. That's just great. 🙂

  4. You have to ACTUALLY read the TOS...

    Your Intellectual Property Rights. Google does not claim any ownership in any of the content, including any text, data, information, images, photographs, music, sound, video, or other material, that you upload, transmit or store in your Gmail account. We will not use any of your content for any purpose except to provide you with the Service.

    What was referenced was Googles Intellectual Property Rights... Then it goes on to define the USERS Intellectual Property Rights.


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