24 March 2006

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.


At 24 March, 2006 16:26, Anonymous Oscar said...

I guess they don't want Google, Yahoo, or MSN indexing their site then. Like there would be any value in networking with the sort of lowlifes that hang out on the intrawebs ;)

At 24 March, 2006 16:29, Blogger D said...

Seriously. I mean, Google? They just sound icky. Don't want anything to do with them. Better get my lawyer to come up with some language to ban them by name...


It was an interesting (well, from a point of view of "let me pick this apart") article they had up there too. I just then read their ToS, and the things was so incredible asinine I decided to mock that instead.

At 24 March, 2006 17:29, Blogger Mike H said...

Nothing like forbidding the best thing about the internet from happening. Shows real smarts there.

By the way, two things about the actual article that make me wonder.

1 - the writer says MLS is entering the "10th season of existence." This might be a simple typo, but if it is not, then one must wonder how Mr. Simeone has been paying attention. If you saw anything related to MLS last year, it mentioned 2005 being the 10th year, thus 2006 is the 11th.

2 - he says LA won their "second consecutive MLS Cup title" last year. That must be a shock to DC United since they won in 2004. Again, a simple search (look at the history page on the MLS web site) would let you know LA has not won two in a row.

Anyway, good luck on your Google ban.

At 25 March, 2006 00:23, Anonymous john said...

My questions is: Why did you read the ToS? :-)

At 25 March, 2006 09:11, Blogger D said...

Mike H: All valid points. When I first read the article, and noticed it was getting distribution, I was pretty curious. There was enough there to pick apart, as I said, but also some thought. It was almost like a computer program had simulated what a column about MLS should be for this year, and just missed some details or had some variables missplaced.

John: I wouldn't have, but there was that link in red at the top of the page. And I thought "Who's ever had a ToS for a web page. Just a simple web page. Not a page like FedEx or UPS, where there might be some propriatary tech. But a simple web page?" So I read it. And thought it was too fun ultimately. More so than the article, which, they presumably want people to read.

At 26 March, 2006 11:29, Anonymous john said...

Rimando injury story.


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