RSS Feed Abuse? - RRS feed

  • Question

  • My post into one of these forums:

    The same post somehow finds its way to the forums with a link back to the above:

    This is clearly a rip off because it has substituted the name of a different user on the top of the post. In effect this is theft of intellectual property or breach of copyright (passing off)

    There must be some websites using the RSS feeds from these forums to republish content from these forums onto their own websites (and changing some of the information, particularly the source of the posts) along the way.

    TOU for these forums:


    Unless otherwise specified, the Services are for your personal and non-commercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information, software, products or services obtained from the Services.

    (I.e. User may not use the RSS feed except for personal and non-commercial user. User may not...display...reproduce etc etc)


    The Services may contain e-mail services, bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, photo albums, file cabinets and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with others (each a "Communication Service" and collectively "Communication Services"). You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and, when applicable, related to the particular Communication Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using the Communication Services, you will not:


    Use any material or information, including images or photographs, which are made available through the Services in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary right of any party. (I.E. pass off material)


    Microsoft does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to Microsoft (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any Services or its associated services for review by the general public, or by the members of any public or private community, (each a "Submission" and collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting ("Posting") your Submission you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft Services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission; to publish your name in connection with your Submission; and the right to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the Services.

    (This is what is actually permitted so I think there is a question of whether the above site is a sublicensee and if so why would it be permitted to change the identity of the original poster)

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010 7:22 AM