Insane Terms and Conditions

Whilst waiting for my comment to be published on the Daily Mail web site, I took a quick glance at their terms and conditions – just to ensure that there wasn’t some obvious rule that I was breaking by calling attention to their hypocrisy. I didn’t find the “you can’t disagree with us” rule, but I did find this interesting clause:

You may not provide a link to this web site from any other web site without first obtaining Associated’s prior written consent.

Which basically says that you can’t blog about the Mail’s site. Well, I suppose you can, but you can’t provide links to the source material.

And just above that nonsense, is this:

You may not distribute, display or copy any of the contents of the
pages contained in this web site to third parties including, but not
limited to “caching” any material on this web site for access by third
parties and “mirroring” any material on this web site.

Which, if nothing else, shows a spectacular lack of knowledge of how the internet works. Any ISP that caches material for its customers’ use had better beware of the Mail’s lawyers.

p.s. Oops. I’ve realised that this entry contains a link to their site. Please don’t tell them.

One comment

  1. I wouldn’t tell, as long as you won’t tell them that my browser cached some of their pages when I looked in that site.

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