Web 2.x NIMBYism? Zvents Says "No Re-Use!"

Another new goodie announced at Web 2.0 in SF this week is Zvents, a social calendaring system. I'm a bit more skeptical about these-- what does this have that, say, Upcoming.org or Laughing Squid doesn't have? How does it replace Craigslist Events, or supplement it?

Not only can I not answer that question, I found something that kind of irritated me on the Zvents Terms of Use page. One of the listed verboten item sets is Thou Shalt Not "Use automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to 'meta-search' the Site or download data from the Site

Take events from Zvents and reformat and display them, or mirror Zvents results on your web site. If you want to make commercial use of Zvents, you must enter into an agreement with Zvents to do so in advance."

Aha. Let me get this straight. You want to make a web 2.0 application having people post stuff, and possibly harvesting stuff from elsewhere, but if anyone tries to mixmaster *your* stuff, it must be 'commercial' and therefore you'd be in violation and need to have an agreement with them. Sure sounds like NIMBYism to me. "Great neighborhood you got here! Lots of innovation! We're glad to be a part of it! Just don't try to use *our* stuff to remixmaster, 'k?"

Nah, they can't possibly mean THAT. Must have been a slip of the legal advisor's keyboard in the Terms of Use. C'mon, gang, tweak that or 'fess up. You can't play both ends against the middle!

Update: And, in fact, it was an oops! Tyler tells all, fixes all, happiness returns all. Dilute, dilute, ok! :-)


Blogger Tyler Kovacs said...

Hi Strata,

I can assure you that the clause in question was on oversight on our part. Thanks for pointing it out. I've updated our Terms of Use.

Feel free to take a look and let me know if there's anything else in there that concerns you.

Tyler Kovacs
tyler.kovacs (at) zvents (dot) com

(posting through Ethan's blogger account)

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