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Roger Clarke's 'Second-Party Exposure - Yahoo!

Internet Users' Second-Party Exposure
Detailed Analysis - 8: Yahoo!

Version of 24 December 2010

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Detailed Analysis

The Terms grant Yahoo! a licence in relation to content that users "submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo! Services". This includes Yahoo! Message Boards and portions of Yahoo! Groups and Flickr that are open to both members and visitors. But it excludes portions of Yahoo! Groups that are limited to members, Yahoo! services intended for private communication such as Yahoo! Mail or Yahoo! Messenger, or areas off of the Yahoo! network.

The Terms can be unilaterally amended, without notice. A separate Term enables Yahoo! to provide notice (if it chooses to do so) by any means. Only the current version of the Terms is visible, and it dates from late 2008.

Changes to Terms apply to all content, including content submitted under earlier Terms; and hence the assurances that exist can be withdrawn at any time, without notice.

Users are at risk of Yahoo! taking advantage of users' content under the following circumstances:


Extracts from the Terms of Service

Terms at http://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/utos-173.html, Last updated November 24, 2008

Mirrored at http://www.rogerclarke.com/EC/IU-SPE-T-Yahoo.html

Terms of 9 December 2010, mirror downloaded 14 January 2011

9. CONTENT SUBMITTED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR INCLUSION ON THE YAHOO! SERVICES

Yahoo! does not claim ownership of Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Yahoo! Services. However, with respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo! Services, you grant Yahoo! the following worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license(s), as applicable:

"Publicly accessible" areas of the Yahoo! Services are those areas of the Yahoo! network of properties that are intended by Yahoo! to be available to the general public. By way of example, publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo! Services would include Yahoo! Message Boards and portions of Yahoo! Groups and Flickr that are open to both members and visitors. However, publicly accessible areas of the Yahoo! Services would not include portions of Yahoo! Groups that are limited to members, Yahoo! services intended for private communication such as Yahoo! Mail or Yahoo! Messenger, or areas off of the Yahoo! network of properties such as portions of World Wide Web sites that are accessible via hypertext or other links but are not hosted or served by Yahoo!.

1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS

... the Terms of Service ("TOS") ... may be updated by us from time to time without notice to you. You can review the most current version of the TOS at any time at: http://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/utos-173.html. ...

24. NOTICE

Yahoo! may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the TOS, including by but not limited to email, regular mail, SMS, MMS, text message, postings on the Yahoo! Services, or other reasonable means now known or hereafter developed. Such notices may not be received if you violate this TOS by accessing the Yahoo! Services in an unauthorized manner. Your agreement to this TOS constitutes your agreement that you are deemed to have received any and all notices that would have been delivered had you accessed the Yahoo! Services in an authorized manner.


Author Affiliations

Roger Clarke is Principal of Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre at the University of N.S.W., and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Australian National University.



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Created: 9 December 2010 - Last Amended: 24 December 2010 by Roger Clarke - Site Last Verified: 15 February 2009
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