Do you understand CBC’s terms of use for sending content?

The Inside the CBC blog has taken a long, hard look at the terms of use of user-generated content.

Tod Maffin takes to task the jargon in the CBC’s Terms of Use, such as:

By posting or uploading Submissions to the Web site, you grant CBC/Radio Canada a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable, unrestricted, worldwide license to use, reproduce, store, adapt, translate, modify, make derivative works from, transmit, distribute, publicly perform or display such Submissions for any purpose; and

to sublicense to third parties the unrestricted right to exercise any of the foregoing rights.

In addition to the grant of the above license, you hereby (i) agree to waive all moral rights in any Submission in favour of CBC/Radio Canada

Tod has some issues with these conditions, but he is more exercised with CBC offering “simple human-readable terms of use”.

At a time when CBC is encouraging people to contribute, it could make these terms much simpler to understand.

Post Author: Neil Black