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5 December, 2004

MSN Spaces: warning

Boing Boing notes that Microsoft's new blogging service, MSN Spaces, launched last Thursday, uses an unexpected intellectual property model.
The copyright statement at the foot of each page is "©2004 Microsoft Corporation" i.e. Microsoft claims copyright over all content, not the blog author.

This is confirmed by the terms of use:

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.
So one wouldn't be keeping one's own blog, one would be near-unconditionally donating content to a Microsoft publication.

Other criticism, regarding the site's blatent disregard for web standards and unaccountable censorship of 'naughty' words, seem rather less important - the ownership issue should more than enough reason to avoid it.

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