I just found this, so i figure it would be kind of me to share.
AOL Terms of Service: http://www.aim.com/tos/tos.adp]http://www.aim.com/tos/tos.adp
You or the owner of the Content retain ownership of all right, title and interest in Content that you post to public areas of any AIM Product. However, by submitting or posting Content to public areas of AIM Products (for example, posting a message on a message board or submitting your picture for the "Rate-A-Buddy" feature), you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. Once you submit or post Content to any public area on an AIM Product, AOL does not need to give you any further right to inspect or approve uses of such Content or to compensate you for any such uses. AOL owns all right, title and interest in any compilation, collective work or other derivative work created by AOL using or incorporating Content posted to public areas of AIM Products.
Can't say I'm happy about this one. Even though they say 'post' and 'public areas' those are decidedly vague terms. Especially when they use the term post for AIM. Now they have said that personal conversations are not monitored (Man, how much would that job just SUCK?) where exactly is the line drawn?
Modifications to the Terms of Service
AOL may change the Terms of Service at any time and in its sole discretion. The modified Terms of Service will be effective immediately upon posting and you agree to the new posted Terms of Service by continuing your use of the AIM Products. AOL will provide at least 30-days' notice before any material changes take effect. If you do not agree with the modified Terms of Service, your only remedy is to discontinue using the AIM Products and cancel your registration.
Interesting... now they can change it at any time and all they have to do is post the changes at some obscure link and never tell anyone they did it.
Do you think it occurred to them to treat their users with some respect? it bothers me that software companies feel like they can run over people just because they have the 'big product', which gives them market share while the users have none. Guess what... that's bull.
It's the people who gave you that market share. The users who give you this money and influence. It drives me nuts to see people shafted like this, all because they have allowed the corporations and power machines to skew their worldview. In a capitalist society (don't kid yourself about it being a democracy) everything revolves around the money. And if people don't spend it, then there's nothing to revolve around. Which means you lose your precious market share and income.