If you're gonna call yourself "The Sports Network," doesn't that mean you have to actually allow for networking?
Preseason prediction time is upon us. I ran across one set of predictions that I'd like to quote and argue about. The page makes the argument that the West Coast will be competitive, and DC United will disappoint, and some other stuff. I don't agree with it, but it sounded like something to argue about. Sadly, that website's Terms of Service say that I:
"You may not transmit or send messages, inquiries, scripts, "spiders," automated query programs, web crawlers, robotic programs, robots, or other similar devices to the Website or its associated server, or otherwise use or access, electronically or manually, this Website or its associated server, along or with others, in any manner which: (i) "scrapes," copies, collects, stores, transmits or reproduces any Materials or data displayed on the Website; (ii) imposes an unreasonable or disproportionate load on the Website's infrastructure or server, or otherwise adversely affects, restricts or inhibits any other user from using and enjoying the Website; (iii) in any way diminishes or reduces the value of the Website or any Materials displayed on the Website or otherwise injures the Website, TSN or its property; (iv) is threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit or indecent; (v) constitutes or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law; (vi) violates, plagiarizes or infringes any of the rights of TSN or third parties including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, rights of privacy or publicity or any other proprietary right; (vii) contains a virus or other harmful component; (viii) contains any information, software or other material of a commercial nature; (ix) contains advertising, promotions or commercial solicitations of any kind; (x) constitutes or contains false or misleading indications of origin or statements of fact; (xi) contains material irrelevant to the subject matter of the Message Feature; (xii) contains any virus, Trojan horse, worm, time bomb, cancelbot or other harmful or deleterious programming routine; or (xiii) otherwise violates the limited scope of permission hereby expressly granted."Given that I have no idea whether you guys are real eyes or robot spider eyes, that means any link I put up could be in violation of their terms. So I guess I won't argue about them after all.
Oh, and speaking of defamation? The person that wrote your terms of service is a moron. And they're probably not legally enforceable. And if you really thought they were, you're an idiot.
Sometimes, it's fun to be immature.