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Lilliputians beat Yahoo!

SUDDENLY, a lot more ordinary Web users understand what we hacks are on about when we complain about copyright grabs. At the end of June, Internet company Yahoo! sent people who host their web pages on its machines a "Terms of Service" document, modestly proposing terms with which you will be wearily familiar.

At first, the company defended its attempt to grab rights in all its customers' work, claiming that this was necessary on... deeply technical grounds. (We'll explain if you're naughty enough to deserve it.) Then, less than a week later, it capitulated in the face of a storm of email protest.


Jul/Aug 1999
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