What is ? WordPress.com is a blog and web site hos;ng service created to bring the “open source Wordpress package to a larger audience”. (WordPress.com, 2011) Nearly everything on WordPress.com is free, but they oﬀer paid upgrades for custom design and custom domains. WordPress is owned by AutomaIc Inc. A company “passionate about making the web a beKer place” (AutomaIc, n.d.)
How many ;mes have you Read the Terms of Service (TOS) agreement before accessing or signing up to a website? hKp://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/mikeycouture/324356997/ CC BY-‐NC-‐ND 2.0
Did You Know……..? A website’s Terms of Service apply whether you sign up for a service or just visit.
Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using this website. By accessing or using any part of the website , you agree to become bound by the terms and condi;ons of this agreement. (WordPress.com, 2011)
You are en;rely responsible for the content and the harm caused by content published on YOUR blog
That means that WordPress.com will NOT be liable for any consequences from material that appears under your account
Among other things your content : • must not contain any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destruc;ve content • must not be pornographic nor contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or en;;es, and does not violate the privacy or publicity right of any third party. • must not be named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. (WordPress.com, 2011)
You also undertake that content appearing in your blog does not infringe the proprietary rights of any third party. You warrant that you have the appropriate permission to hKp://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/elmorsa/4607566698/ CC BY NC SA 2.0 use that content.
AutomaIc has the right (though not the obliga;on) to, in AutomaIc’s sole discre;on : 1. Refuse or remove any content that violates any AutomaIc policy or is harmful or objec;onable, or 2. Terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or en;ty for any reason, in AutomaIc’s sole discre;on. (WordPress.com, 2011)
And by the way hKp://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/benhusmann/4133651889/ CC BY 2.0 AutomaIc has no obliga;on to refund any amounts of money that you may have paid to them.
If this sounds like AutomaIc is all care and no responsibility ……….THINK AGAIN
The website is provided “as is”. Automa6c and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warran;es of any kind, express or implied, including, without limita;on, the warran;es of merchantability, ﬁtness for a par;cular purpose and non-‐infringement. (WordPress.com, 2011) Neither do they warrant that the website will be free of errors or that access will be con;nuous or uninterrupted.
If you have any issues with any of the condi;ons your only remedy is to using the services provided.
WordPress.com does not ask for much informaLon to set up a blog (WordPress.com, 2011)
PRIVACY Cookies A cookie is a string of informa;on that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each ;me the visitor returns. This informa;on may include login or registra;on data. hKp://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/klara/403856634/ CC BY-‐NC-‐SA 2.0
One Last Thing: Your agreement with AutomaIc can change at any;me. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR ANY CHANGES
So now will you check the TOS before visiLng or signing up for services on the Web?
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