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iTunes Policy Primer NET303 Laura Herbert

by Parent and full time University Student at University Student with Curtin University on Oct 14, 2012

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A large percentage of people simply click or tick the 'agree' box for any number of Terms of Use/Terms of Service for software that they install without actually reading them. By agreeing, do you ...

A large percentage of people simply click or tick the 'agree' box for any number of Terms of Use/Terms of Service for software that they install without actually reading them. By agreeing, do you understand what you have agreed to? This Policy Primer explores Apple iTunes Terms of Use/Service with the objective of installing a little clarification for all users.

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  • loulouherbert Laura Herbert, Parent and full time University Student at University Student with Curtin University Hi Stefano,
    Thanks for your comment.
    I have to let you know that that story about Bruce Willis is not true (http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/03/bruce-willis-itunes-music-library/ ), it was a rumor that was taken up by the tabloids, and like all good media fodder it exploded but it did bring up an interesting quandary that most people consider at some time or another, their demise and - not many people read the TOS.

    I was pleased when Google simplified their TOS, having read the earlier version for a prior unit I found it lengthy and somewhat difficult to understand (Google, 2012) so the cloaking simplification and apparent transparency covering differing platforms needs to be somewhat vague in my opinion to enable the single TOS to be effective across the board.


    Google (2012) retrieved from https://mail.google.com/intl/en/policies/

    Lardinois, L. (2012) Bruce Willis Isn’t Suing Apple Over iTunes Music Ownership Rights. Retrieved from http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/03/bruce-willis-itunes-music-library/
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  • StefanoSpirito Stefano Spirito Hi Laura,
    You did a great job in summarizing and explaining in plain English iTunes Terms and Conditions agreement. As an iTunes user, the very first thing I have noticed when I joined the service was that in order to use the service, you need to agree the over 50 pages long Terms and Conditions of use. In addition, every time Apple changes something in the agreement, the user is prompted with the full contract again. Such a lengthy contract may easily hide some important information in a maze of legal jargon. For instance, in recent months we have witnessed the case between Bruce Willis and Apple, where the actor was surprised when he discovered that he doesn’t actually own the songs he downloaded from iTunes, therefore he is not allowed to give his music collection as a gift to his daughters.

    This is one of the problems with the way that power operates on the web, users agree to Terms and Conditions that they never read, in addition the end user has no option to ‘negotiate’ those conditions; as an end user you can either accept the whole contract or decide not to use a particular service.

    In contrast with Apple’s lengthy Terms and Conditions, a few months ago Google decided to simplify their agreement by extinguishing over 60 different privacy policies and replacing them with a single agreement that is a lot shorter and easier to read (Google, 2012). Although this may seem a good move in terms of transparency, one of the issues that I highlighted in my premier is the fact that the same agreement applies to more than 60 services offered by Google, as result the wording is vague and leaves the door open to multiple interpretations.

    REFERENCES

    Google. (2012, March 01). One policy, one google experience. Retrieved from Google website: https://mail.google.com/intl/en/policies/
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