Under the old guidelines, Microsoft could “use, modify, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, publish, sublicense, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any such communication.” The company also had assumed the right to sublicense such content to third parties, and publish user names in connection with any of the data.
The new policy, at http://www.passport.com/Consumer/TermsOfUse.asp, gives Microsoft the right to use customer communications only if the user is communicating with the Redmond, Wash., company:
“By submitting any feedback or suggestions to Microsoft concerning the Passport Web Site or the Passport Service, you warrant and represent that you … are granting Microsoft and its affiliated companies permission to use, modify, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, publish, sublicense, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any such feedback or suggestions.”
“This section also is inapplicable to any documents, information, or other data that you upload, transmit, or otherwise submit to or through any Passport-Enabled Properties,” the revised policy stated.
“And you thought the evil empire of software was not really scheming to take over the Net as a first step to conquering the world!” wrote one InfoWorld reader, in an e-mail titled “Talk about greedy!”