ANALYSING WORDPRESS AN ANALYSIS of WORDPRESS’ TERMS OF SERVICE CONTRACT Stevie Modern
Who is Wordpress? Wordpress.com is a blog and website hosting service.  Wordpress’ basic services are free,  under the terms of conditions as outlined below. Owned by Automattic Inc. (Automattic);
Contributes Wordpress, a content management software for use on Wordpress.com,
Automattic; relies on ‘self-censorship’ and ‘complaints’ fromWordpress community to enforce conditions. (See Section 2 below. ‘Division of Responsibility’) Searched but not monitored,  Automattic; Reserves right to refuse/remove content. Disclaims responsibility of content, for offensive material, legal infringement, resulting harm.  Reserves right to terminate or deny access “for any reason”. Despite its hosting in US, does not extend free speech protection to overseas users- pragmatically legal. Posting content on an ‘appliance’ Content Management site like Wordpress.com, users effectively renting services upfront cede ultimate content control and content existence to the vendor, Automattic. (Zittrain, 2009, par.4) 1) Permitted Content
2) Division of Responsibility As can be seen, in the role of a vendor, control lies with Automattic which offers little (if any) legal ‘consideration’ to the user. (Zittrain 2009, Toedt III 2010)
3) Ownership Posting to Wordpress.com; Does not confer any ownership rights of Automattic Inc. to the user. Confers ownership rights of space given to, and ultimate uses of, content posted from user to Autommatic Inc.
5) Disputes All legal disputes adjudicated in San Francisco (Ca. US) in English. All access governed by California State law (US).  As highlighted in ‘Law and Borders’ the spread of Internet services and content crosses jurisdictional boundaries. Complicates legal requirements users through Wordpress.com must comply with- both Ca. State Law re: transmission and copyright and users’ own regarding posting of content. (Johnson & Post 1996; see also Villeneuve 2006 par.4)