How not to write your community policy

On ChmInf Nan B points to this bit you have to agree to in order to join the ACS online communities:

You do not have to submit anything, but if you choose to submit something,including any user-generated content, ideas, concepts, techniques, and data,you must grant, and you actually grant by agreeing to these Terms of Use, a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sublicenseable, fully paid-up, and royalty-free right to ACS to copy, prepare, derive work of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, and use and commercialize, in any way now known or in the future discovered, anything that you submit to ACS without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to your or any third parties..."

Nice. Why won't anyone join my community?

4 responses so far

  • physioprof says:

    This is what happens when lawyers do not understand the business of their clients. It is like when Reuters (or was it AP?) was sending C&D letters to blogs that were excerpting and linking to their fucken articles.

  • CarolH says:

    At first I thought that was a joke, it is so overdone.

    • Christina Pikas says:

      I know, right? Particularly because this is *chemists* - half of whom are all weird about scooping (according to the studies I've read)

  • Landru says:

    Somehow, the government makes something similarly tyrannical work for those producing on its behalf. Not that that makes anything right...

    I just noticed your blog when I peeked at Scientopia (linked from another science blog that I frequent). It's nice to see someone writing about IS and libraries from (what I presume is a) sciencey perspective. I'm in the information management business, loosely speaking. I'll take a look here from time to time. Thanks!