Why You Always Read the Fine Print. Always.

I was using StumbleUpon to avoid working— I mean, uh . . . Research! I was, uh, doing research! On writing and stuff . . . yeah. Anyway, I came across this place:

Triond – Publish Writing, Poetry, Music, Video & Content Online

Ok, my suspicions were raised by the fact that they listed “content,” as though the other things in the list are chopped liver. Ignoring that, I went straight to their terms of service, which contain a few more writing errors, but that’s not what worries me:

5.  Rights Granted . By submitting your Original Content for publication on the Site, you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally grant Triond, and any of its affiliates (hereinafter also referred to as "Triond"), a irrevocable, perpetual, unlimited free of charge and exclusive right to publish the Original Content on the Site and/or on other Internet Sites the Original Content shall be referred to by Triond (hereinafter also referred to as the "Site"), as Triond shall deem suitable under the terms and conditions of this Agreement, as well as allow I users of the Site to view and further use the Original Content, free of charge, for any such purpose permitted by Triond, provided such use shall not be for profit generating purposes. Without derogating from the above, Triond shall be entitled to edit, delete, cutback, rephrase, reproduce, copy, translate, merge, add, use and make use of the Materials, in whole or in part, in any way or manner and at any time, as Triond shall deem appropriate in its sole discretion.

6.  Author’s Rights. You shall continue to retain all authorship and copyrights to the Materials submitted for publication through the website.

In other words, a) you are giving it to them forever, b) you are giving it to them free, c) you can’t publish it anywhere else, d) they can give it away, e) the people they give it to can do anything they want to with it (except try to make money), f) they can “edit, delete, cutback, rephrase, reproduce, copy, translate, merge, add, use and make use of” it in any way they want to, BUT (oh happy day!) “You shall continue to retain all authorship and copyrights . . .” What authorship? What copyrights? THEY TAKE IT ALL!

Bottom line: Don’t. Just don’t. Don’t even think about it.

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