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Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. | vellumatlanta
Apple's music service deletes all music from your disk when it installs itself.
apple  law  ip-law  contractlaw  via:HackerNews 
may 2016 by mcherm
My Heroic and Lazy Stand Against IFTTT (Pinboard Blog)
IFTTT wants pinboard to write their own glue code... and requires them to sign a completely unreasonable contract in order to do so. Nuts on them.
pinboard  contractlaw  via:pinboard 
april 2016 by mcherm
Randazza - The Senate Passes Gag Clause Act | Popehat
New US law says that a "form contract" can't require that you don't say bad things about the other guy.
law  contractlaw  freespeech  via:popehat 
december 2015 by mcherm
Beware the IP non-assert clause in AWS cloud service agreement | Hacker News
My comments on the phrase about IP indemnification in the AWS customer agreement.
mypostings  amazon  law  contractlaw 
july 2015 by mcherm
Beware the IP non-assert clause in AWS cloud service agreement, warns ex-Microsoft patent chief - Blog - Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) - Maximising IP Value for Business
Amazon has a clause in the AWS terms of service that says you promise not to assert IP rights against them or other users of AWS. They have actually asserted it in court.
law  ip-law  patent  copyright  trademark  cloudcomputing  amazon  shrinkwrap  contractlaw  via:HackerNews 
july 2015 by mcherm
Facebook Going After Designbook Because All The Books Are Belong To Them | Techdirt
Facebook has decided that they want a trademark on all words of the form "*book". The trademark office won't issue a trademark on that (too general) and so they simply declared that they have an unregistered trademark and they aggressively sue over it. Interestingly, they also put a clause in Facebook's T&Cs saying you agree that they have the trademark.
law  ip-law  trademark  trademarkabuse  facebook  contractlaw  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
june 2015 by mcherm I Do Not Agree To Your Terms
Apple sends email saying: "you agree to stuff including indemnifying us unless you reply to this opting out".
law  shrinkwrap  contractlaw  apple 
june 2015 by mcherm
Outrageous Forced Arbitration Decision: Consumer Has to Arbitrate Case Involving Home Invasion and Severe Beating | Public Justice
An arbitration clause can protect a company from being sued when their employee commits a truly heinous assault.
law  contractlaw  arbitration 
december 2014 by mcherm
2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. on Vimeo [Video]
Advice for creative contractors on how to get paid. (1) Use a lawyer, (2) have a contract, (3) include (a) IP transfers on full payment, (b) kill fee for cancelling, (c) no (or reasonable) liability.
law  contractlaw 
may 2014 by mcherm
The "Work For Hire" Doctrine Almost Never Works In Software Development Contracts | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
Don't put "this is a work for hire" in your contracts; put "I assign the copyright to you". It works better legally. Sample text included.
law  ip-law  copyright  contractlaw 
may 2014 by mcherm
Tenth Circuit rejects "one-sidedness" as defense to arbitration clause (CL&P Blog)
A court went against normal practice and ruled that a contract saying "YOU have to use arbitration, but WE can use the courts" was OK.
law  arbitration  contractlaw 
january 2014 by mcherm
Utah couple seeks relief after credit ruined over "non-disparagement" clause in a website's fine-print (CL&P Blog)
They posted a bad review, so the company said they owed $3500 because they had a "no saying bad things" clause in their contract. (Which they didn't for this customer, by the way.) The customer has suffered several problems due to having their credit ruined.
law  contractlaw  slander  freespeech  credit  via:CL&P 
november 2013 by mcherm
A note to myself | Hacker News
Another place where I commented on my experience getting IP ownership clauses changed in employment contracts.
mypostings  law  contractlaw 
may 2013 by mcherm

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