Who reads the TOS of a website that they use? I know that I don't often, but I sure am going to from here on.
There's a fairly big controversy at a site that I've written about before, homesteadingtoday.com. The basic issue is that the site has instituted a Terms Of Service (TOS) that is entirely in the favor of the site, and allows them to, well, let me quote them:
"Section 4. User Submissions.
Any communication which you post to the Site or transmit to homesteadingtoday.com or to the Site by e-mail, private message (PM), public post and/or other medium can be used by Homesteadingtoday.com on a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive license
with the right to reproduce, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform, and display the communication alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology whether now known or hereafter developed, and to sublicense such rights through multiple tiers of sublicenses. homesteadingtoday.com may use the information it obtains relating to you, including your
IP address, name, mailing address, email address and use of the Site, for its internal business and security procedures. "
Now while a lot of websites may have terms of service that are like this, the new owners of carbon media decided that they'd actually do this.
They were taking posts by users on homesteadingtoday.com, editing them, and then posting them as "original" content on other websites that they own. Most of the editing was just removing the original posters name and replacing it with "angie" or "pinkpiggy" or some other random username.
No link back to the original. No attribution. Just plain and simple plagiarism.
This has made hundreds of the users of that forum pretty mad, and they've been talking about it in the forums where the messages were drawn from... or trying to
Carbon media is deleting the threads and discussions as fast as they can, and this attempt at a coverup is really making more people angry, faster.
Honestly, as far as trainwrecks go, it's pretty good.
If you'd like a homesteading forum that's run by actual homesteaders, try farmandhearth.com
If you want a corporate trainwreck, I'd highly suggest the following links at homesteadingtoday.com
Users want the TOS changed
Users outraged that discussion threads are being closed
People find out their words are being stolen and posted
One of the forum moderators breaks ranks and keeps a discussion forum open
3 weeks ago