Abandoning TwidroydJul 11, 2010 · 3 minute read (archived post)
Twidroyd/Twidroid is a Twitter application for the Android platform. I really quite liked it, until they were bought by Tweetup. Why? Well, during the name change they added a huge EULA. However, the important part is (highlighted part by me):
CONTENT You shall retain ownership rights in information or other content that you upload, post or otherwise transmit to or via your use of Twidroyd (“Submissions”); however, by making your Submissions through Twidroyd, you grant Licensor a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, reproduce, edit, translate, reformat, distribute, modify, transmit, prepare derivative works of, publicly display and produce the Submissions in connection with the enhancement of the Twidroyd service or otherwise in connection with Licensor’s business. You agree that these licenses include the right for the Company to make your Submissions available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with the Company for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such content use. Such additional uses by the Company, or other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with the Company, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the Submissions. We may modify or adapt your Submissions in order to transmit, display or distribute it over computer networks and in various media and/or make changes to your Submissions as are necessary to conform and adapt that content to any requirements or limitations of any networks, devices, services or media.
This is a bit like Microsoft saying, “If you use Word to write something then you grant us a license to it.” Or Bic saying if you use their biros then they get a license. Or perhaps your paper manufacturer.
It’s also really sneaky. They don’t do it upfront and tell you that they want this right; they hide it in a EULA and in the Terms and Conditions.
You agree that these licenses include the right for the Company to make your Submissions and, if applicable, User Content, available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with the Company for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such content use.
Again they are hiding this. I guess they want to use all the ‘tweets’ to try and sell them or the intelligence/analysis that they contain. And they are a commercial company and so want to make money. I have no problem with that. My problem is that they aren’t being upfront about it. And I guess they aren’t being upfront about it because they suspect that most people don’t really like the idea that their stuff (even if it has no individual value) is being sold.
Perhaps we should start paying for these services and really know what is happening to our data, rather than thinking everything is for free, and thus effectively forcing companies to do this type of thing?
Now I just need to find an alternative. And ideas?