Actually reading the Terms and Conditions, say what!?


The marketplace is continuing to evolve and technology is prohibiting artists from gaining the recognition they deserve. It is clear copyright laws have been affected due to external influences like piracy and the economy. Although, I don’t believe copyright laws should be changed to a point where using a “lightsaber” becomes a breach of the law.


LinkedIn is recognised for its availability to connect professionals on a global scale. Those who use this site do not realise LinkedIn’s terms and conditions that enables them to access your connections, calendar and emails. Companies know that we are often too busy with our lives to read or make notes on legal terminology. In a recent article about LinkedIn, several users were concerned as to why the company was accessing their personal data, not knowing they had agreed to it. If they had read their privacy policy, one would see, IN GIGANTIC LETTERS. “We collect information when you sync non-LinkedIn content…We use this information to improve your experience and allow you and your network to be better connected.” While in a recent article it states that “This raises questions about how the LinkedIn app is abiding by Apple’s own privacy guidelines, as well as basic security protocol.” It is, however, an optional setting.

When I read “Recovering Fair Use” by Steve Collins I could immediately relate to several aspects. Copyright is in place to ensure the owners work is recognised. Steve Collins acknowledges that for playing a song, unintentionally take-down notices have been issued “Holden Lenz…caught bopping to a barely recognizable Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”…Stephanie Lenz received an email from YouTube informing her of its…take-down notice.” Artists create for several reasons but mainly to be appreciated and respected. They want their audience to enjoy and cherish their work.

This is why Linkedln allows professionals to access past achievements and employer history. If LinkedIn’s policy was, “The Creative Commons” this would make plagiarism more universal. LinkedIn opposes this, and clearly states their policy in an ethical manner, leaving it up to the individual to agree to those terms.



One thought on “Actually reading the Terms and Conditions, say what!?

  1. short and sweet. I like it! Linkedin is different, which is good, not the usual “apple app stuff”… have there been any controversial cases with these terms & conditions yet? just a thought 🙂

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