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  • People have tried to understand why people do not pay attention to the terms and conditions that come with participating online media . “Not only are privacy protection default setting inadequate, social networking sites often discouraging users from altering default setting”(Christina,Goettke,2011). It looks like people are not made fully aware of the dangers of not going through privacy concerns. The point you have raised about the way users cannot use other people’s work is very important as too many people do not know who owns some of the information they use online. (Myspace,2009)
    This online policy primer has been summarised very well highlighting the key issues that are important to people who are looking at joining my space as a social networking site. I like the way you have given an example of the dangers of social networks by discussing the story of the woman whose family ended being affected by what she said on MySpace. It is very important for people to watch what they say or post on online media as you do not know who is going to use that information. People should be aware of not posting private information like phone numbers and addresses as it could put them in danger or can be used in different scams which could lead to identity theft. (Social Networking,2010)

    This is a good online policy primer but it would have been better if you included some information about sharing of music file as a lot of artist use MySpace to market their music. A lot of people load music files on my space and they should be aware of the dangers of sharing files that do not belong to them. (Myspace,2009)
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  • Online policy primer is the so-called docket which is written to inform the users about their rights and abilities while installing or using various electronic sources. The policy describes the rules of various websites which are to be fulfilled to avoid problems with further use. Online policy primer explains the points of the terms of use agreement.
    Generally, online policy primer is created to explain the users their rights and the principle of system operation. However, firstly, it is necessary to explain the definition of the term and its importance. Thereby, Kingston (1993) says that “it is a policy primer - a fact that will be deeply appreciated by professionals and policymakers, as well as the average citizen.'. This definition is recognized to be an appropriate one in all the spheres where policy primer is a must. In accordance with the suggestions of Bloomfield (1982) the main purpose of policy primer is to save time. Thus, there are a lot of examples of policy primer in different Internet sources. The most vivid example to explain the term of policy primer is to tell about the so-called license agreement of one of the websites which is called Twitter. (Online Policy Primer, 2010) For instance, if you want to use the website, you have to read its license agreement firstly. License agreement is a number of instructions which you are to read to become one of the users of the above-mentioned website.
    MySpace is a popular social network and its policy primer was written to warn the user against the rules violation. The rules of must be read carefully; it is up to you whether you read the instructions or no, but if you press the button Agree, it means that you get familiar with terms of the use agreement.
    Another important point of the website policy primer is that the only person who is responsible for the content of the messages and any other kind of information is a user.
    There is also a point concerning the copyright. You have no right to use information written by third party only. If you ignore this point, it will entail serious consequences such as account blocking.

    Reference List:

    Bloomfield, L. P. (1982, Sept). A Modern Primer a Modern Primer. Retrieved from

    Kingson, E. R., & Berkowitz E. D. ( Oct.,1993). Social Security and Medicare: A Policy Primer. Retrieved from

    Online Policy Primer. (2010). Retrieved September, 27,2011, from Slideshare:
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  • Terms of Use Agreement (2009). Retrieved from September 9, 2011 from
    Online Primer Policy
    Presented By Janice Khoo For NET503, Semester 1, 2011
  • is one of social networking websites.
    Became popular in United States in June 2006
    Based on Friendster, internationally overtaken by its main competitor – Facebook
    June 2011, Specific Media became the new owner
    Introduction of
  • Terms of Use – Do you read?
    Did you read the Terms of Use when you signed up for MySpace?
  • Terms of Use:
    Legally binding contract between user and service
    Not many users read them
    Therefore, many users do not understand what they are agreeing to!
    Terms of Use – Legally Binding
  • Take a closer look…
    Let us take a closer look at MySpace’s Terms of Use
  • MySpace’s Terms of Use includes:
    Non-commercial User by Members
    Proprietary Rights in Content on
    Content Posted
    Content/Activity Prohibited
    Copyright Policy
    Third Party Linked Services
    Member Disputes
    Limitation on Liability
    US Export Controls
  • Proprietary Rights in Content
    “ does not claim any ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") that you post to the MySpace Services.”
  • (Cont’d)
    “After posting your Content to the MySpace Services, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such Content, and you continue to have the right to use your Content in any way you choose.”
  • (Cont’d)
    “By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content on or through the MySpace Services, you hereby grant to a limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content solely on and through the MySpace Services.”
  • This means…
    You are responsible for your own content from text, graphics, information and other materials
    And also…
    The license that you grant is non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty free, sublicensable and worldwide.
  • Copyright Policy
    “You may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information belonging to others without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights.”
  • (Cont’d)
    “It is the policy of to terminate Membership privileges of any Member who repeatedly infringes the copyright rights of others upon receipt of prompt notification to by the copyright owner or the copyright owner's legal agent.”
  • (Cont’d)
    “..if you believe that your work has been copied and posted on the MySpace Services in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our Copyright Agent with the following information:…”
  • This means…
    You are not allowed to reproduce any copyrighted material without prior written consent of the owner
    Your membership privileges might be jeopardised for repeated infringes of copyrighting other people’s works
  • Privacy?
    “Use of the MySpace Services is also governed by our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into this Agreement by this reference.”
    This Privacy Policy is contained in a separate document @
  • “A woman who ranted about how much she hated her small hometown on her MySpace page. This was forwarded by the local high school’s principal to Coalinga Record where it appeared as a letter to the editor under her name. Her parents and sister had to leave town because of threats received. A California State appellate court ruled that the publication of the letter did not violate her privacy rights.” (Sanchez, 2009)
    Privacy? Case in point…
  • So…
    Exercise your right to privacy
    A couple of articles on the potential impact you might face if you are not careful what you post online:
    Safe social networking (n.d.)
    Dendwyer (2011). Be careful what you post on social networking sites
  • Indemnity?
    “You agree to indemnify and hold…harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the MySpace Services in violation of this Agreement..arising from a breach of this Agreement..any breach of your representations…if any Content that you post on the MySpace Website or through the MySpace Services causes to be liable to another.”
    Another words…be careful what you post!
  • Foreman, C. (2010). MySpace concedes to Facebook, changes focus. Retrieved September 10, 2011 from (
    Fixmer, A. (2011). News Corp. calls quits on Myspace with Specific Media sale. Retrieved September 10, 2011 from ( calls-quits-on-myspace-with-specific-media-sale.html Privacy Policy (2010). Retrieved September 9. 2011 from Terms of Use Agreement (2009). Retrieved September 9, 2011 from
  • Sanchez, J (2009). Court: your MySpace page isn’t private. ARS Technica. Retrieved September 11, 2011 from
    Steel, E & Vascellaro, J.E. (2010). Facebook, MySpace Violating Own Privacy Policies? The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved september 11, 2011 from
    Sutter, J.D. (2010). Praise for MySpace’s new look – but that logo? Retrieved September 10, 2011 from