Wednesday, 21 November 2012

My Way or My Way... Don't forget to click accept

My Way or my way… Don’t forget to click accept
Did you know upon signing up for World of Warcraft your chat may be “Your written communication may be subject to review, modification, and/or deletion by Blizzard Entertainment without notice to you. Additionally, you hereby acknowledge that Blizzard Entertainment is under no obligation to monitor Chat, and you engage in Chat at your own risk. “? I didn’t think so. Also “no one has the right to "sell" Blizzard Entertainment's content, except Blizzard Entertainment! So Blizzard Entertainment does not recognize any property claims outside of World of Warcraft or the purported sale, gift or trade in the "real world" of anything related to World of Warcraft. Accordingly, you may not sell or purchase virtual items for "real" money or exchange items outside of World of Warcraft. Please note that Blizzard is entitled to and will prevent any such illegal sales.” Now if you and your friend have struck up a pretty good deal that, just so happens to involve “real money” I don’t see where the problem is. That’s because there is no problem, “Note that Blizzard Entertainment either owns, or has exclusively licensed, all of the content which appears in World of Warcraft.” Blizzard Entertainment (owners of WoW)just want a slice of the pie which doesn’t belong to them which in fact isn’t true, Blizzard Entertainment have the rights to do what they please regarding your WoW user as it clearly states in their T&C:

Not only were the terms and condition dreadfully difficult and, long to read (hard to read due to the font being in blue on top of a black background which, made my eyes blur sometimes whilst reading.)I didn’t agree with all of the rules that had stated out and if I wanted to start playing World of Warcraft, there would be no way possible for me to negotiate those terms and conditions what so ever.
So what can we do? We all need to stand up and be united against these senseless ways of agreeing a contract presently. We can do this by conducting a peaceful protest march towards outside the House of Lords, where people all over the country can then air their thoughts out on what exactly they feel about just clicking a box to agree with hundreds of rules. There needs to be some kind of system that allows each and every person to come to their personal terms with the company they are looking to sign up with. We are all different in the world so why should we be allowed different T&Cs which are very reasonable between both us and, the company doing the selling.

When I was in my early teens I signed up to dozens of websites without even glancing at the T&Cs and thought nothing of it. Obviously I wasn’t the only one in the world to have agreed to something I completely didn’t read, many kids the same age as me or even, younger than I was have made that same mistake as me. To be honest though, how many children are do they think is actually going to be read through all of the T&Cs  and, fully understand just exactly what it means?  Blizzard know the vast majority won’t and the very few that do read it, can’t possibly do anything to change a rule even if they wanted to. We all need to voice our thoughts whether it is online, protest or directly said to the MPs change needs to happen.

To support us and get control of our lives’ again checkout our website: . No T&Cs to be read here, ‘just be yourself’ is our small print. Twitter and Facebook both are using the same cunning T&Cs where you have to read a long list of their terms and conditions so we neglected to use it. As we read Facebook’s T&Cs we found out that; “For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License)”. That is clearly stating that they own everything we post up on ‘our’ Facebook wall also including our pictures, messages and videos. So you might be thinking “okay I don’t like that, I am going to delete my Facebook account”. But think again here’s the rest of rule 1 and rule 2 “This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others). ” So even when you try to delete your account you can’t. And just who exactly is the backup files for if our friends can no longer view them? A lot of questions need to be answered for so please, join us today to put an end to these irrational rules which are playing with our lives from a simple tick of a box.

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