The Importance of Reading The Fine Print

Business

Read The Fine PrintThere is a relatively new blogging platform called Medium. I loved the idea of a blog that looks like a magazine until the fine print was pointed out by a co-worker.

“By furnishing your User Content to Medium, you give Medium a non-exclusive worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable license to utilize all copyright rights now in existence or that may arise in the future with respect to your User Content, in any medium that now exists or may arise in the future, as well as to do anything else that is reasonably appropriate to our Service and its use of your User Content (including, but not limited to, use of your name in association with your User Content to identify you as the contributor). The license has no restriction as to the medium, dissemination method, type of Service we may offer, or the type of systems or products that may be used in conjunction with your User Content.

This license shall remain in effect for so long as your User Content is available on Medium.You are free to remove or delete your User Content at any time, in which case this license shall terminate after a commercially reasonable period of time…”

What? Medium can take your content and use it for an ad or syndicate in any way they want without compensating you. Yep, all that hard work writing great content and Medium gets to reap the benefits from it. And they delete your license the minute you want to delete your content.

So the moral of the story is “read the fine print on everything.” Especially when it comes to your content.



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