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Adobe: You can’t read our eBooks aloud

Silent iPad

When I saw this on Twitter, I thought it was too weird to be true and decided to check for myself. And it’s true [1, 2]. Here are Adobe’s EPUB eBook Rights:

“Copying not allowed. Printing not allowed. Lending not allowed. Reading aloud not allowed.”

This is one of the stupidest things I have ever read. Aloud.

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Instagram apologizes by giving an excuse

Instagram screwed up. Big time. They managed to piss off every hipster across the globe yesterday by issuing the new privacy terms that made it very clear that the photos and user information would be used as products for sale to partners or sponsored content.

After a day-long shitstorm, that even counted with National Geographic suspending the use of their account, Kevin Systrom, Chief Executive, issued a statement saying “look… well… it’s not like that… the terms are too broad… you got it wrong… we’ll put it another way soon, so.. uhm.. yeah.”

That’s odd. The terms seemed pretty clear to me.

“…display your user name, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content promotions, without any compensation to you.”

Reminded me of the Soup Nazi.

Up until now we havent seem the new terms, which seems to me like they have a lot of people trying to come up with a solution that may still do exactly what the old terms did, only presented in a prettier package. Because the apology made it very clear that they still will use Instagram to make money out of it. Out of you.

But even if they change their minds and decide to keep Instagram just a very cool U$1 billion hobby, don’t you think that the cute filtered photo of your cat will be safe. Especially if you use other services such as Google Drive, for instance:

“When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”

It’s getting old, but the whole “If you’re not paying for a service, you’re the product” thing is still in pretty widespread use.

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