December 6, 2006
Hard to believe that User-Generated content necessitates such brutal terms… who would think that, by doing Yahoo! and Reuters a favor, and donating your photos/video, you’ve gotta literally sign your life and your friendships away — all, of course, without every pressing pen to paper.
Before you get all excited about being “the next Kevin Sites,” be sure to make your way to the Terms of Service — I’m sure nobody will — and remember the next Kevin Sites not only doesn’t get a million dollar salary but agree:
that You have the written consent, release, and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in Your Content to use such person’s name or likeness for use of Your Content by Yahoo! in the manner contemplated in these Additional Terms….
You retain your ownership rights, of course, but you only get credit in name — no links, e-mail addresses and/or comments — so nobody can follow-up to re-license or distribute. Either post it on YouTube, or:
…hereby grant Yahoo! the following worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sublicensable and transferable rights and licenses … to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, remix, excerpt, adapt, prepare derivative works and compilations of, publicly perform and publicly display Your Content on the Service or on any Yahoo! property, including in connection with any distribution or syndication arrangement thereof with third parties or third-party sites, in any media format or medium and through any media channels …