demos at gnomdex (and their various ip terms of use)

second life - is cool. ip treatment is interesting. people in the world own all the ip they create. story of tringo guy - who made game that is a bingo + tetris. licensed it to nintendo. second life sees none of the revenue from that license. virtual economy is interesting too. i want to see the chris pirillo avatar. and, now, because i care about these things, the lengthy ip-related portions of the second life terms of service are found in section 3 at this link.

blue dot
on cover of today's business section in the Seattle PI. launching today. gives people their own homepage with people's content that they care about. the intersection of friends + network, which they call social discovery. the question that people want answered is "what can i learn from my friends?" i like the interface and how simple and easy it looks to use. here's their content/ip provision from their terms of use:

    "Blue Dot does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to Blue Dot (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload or submit via the Service (each a "Submission"). However, by posting, uploading, providing or submitting any Submission you are granting Blue Dot permission to use your Submission in any manner, 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 third party. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission by Blue Dot or any third party. Blue Dot is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and Blue Dot may remove any Submission at any time in its sole discretion. "

helps you find the best airfares. they can show you confidence in the cost of the price, they also show a history of airline over past 80 days. my dad will totally love this site! this sounds great for frequent travellers. i like it! they can help you decide when to travel in the future based on lower rate dates. i wonder if there's a way for the airlines to game this system? it doesn't look like it from the demo. they just completed their private beta, and have some stats from the beta. you can find it at the farecast blog. right now they only cover seattle and boston originations. so, the lesson they learned in beta is that the need more cities. YES, i agree. they need to get SFO, OAK and SJX for me alone :) Regarding terms of use, i didn't see a link to any on their home page. maybe they decided that they don't need one at this time, since users are just able to search around on the site.
this is "a next generation media search engine." they aggregate every photo and video they can get their hands on. it's a "snapshot of the visual web." i like their logo!. this product is offered through an ajax interface. users can query all sorts of things and then the company can link that to advertising. so if you search for "amsterdam" they can give you images, and link that to an expedia ad (i think this is what he said). they don't know yet exactly how to measure all the metrics and monetize all of this data. they are sorting results by more than just relevance. media search is about "discovery" and "entertainment", not just about a finding stuff. it's a gateway. (don't know i exactly agree with this view. i'm not just trying to be entertained... i acutally want to find what i'm looking for.) they are a "value added syndicator" of content across the web. and here are their license terms in their terms of use.

    "You Own Your Content and Only Grant Pixsy License Rights. You retain all ownership of Your Content. By posting or uploading Your Content, you grant Pixsy a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, sub-license, create derivative works from, publicly perform and display and distribute, broadcast and transmit Your Content in any form, medium, or via any technology and to any device now known or later developed throughout the universe. You understand that Pixsy has no obligation to keep Your Content confidential and is not liable for any use or disclosure of Your Content. Pixsy does not guarantee that Your Content or any related data will not be lost, changed or altered. You are responsible for backing up Your Content and any related data. Pixsy is not responsible for archiving or backing up Your Content or any related data.
this is a mobile podcasting compnay. about 5 months ago they got going on mobile podcasting. they have taken mobile + podcasting + social networking and "pureed" them together. they are trying to create the best podcast listening experience on line. you can listen from their website (once you log in). you can create podcast playlists. you can browse and find friends. I can't seem to open their site at the moment, so can't get their terms of use... {ok, now it's later and I've been to their site but I don't see a "terms of use" on the home page. i think that's a mistake on their part.}

marc canter's people aggregator. i wasn't listening enough to say what canter's project is about... sorry. i was spending time trying to find the terms of use for melodeo. that was not very productive use of my time. i did hear him say that this project is all privately funded and he made fun of the blue bouncy ball from bluedot, which was funny.

todd cochrane's blubrry
podcasters will list with bluburry, bluburry goes out and get advertisers to advertise through the podcast. the podcaster can say no to the deal on a one-by-one basis. in return, the podcaster needs to say "i'm part of". i like todd. he wrote the first podcasting guide, and is the guy behind geek news central. here's what their terms of use say:

    The material that you view or download from the Site must be for your personal use and cannot be reproduced, modified or retransmitted in any way by any means including email, facsimile, and all other forms of electronic transmission. In addition the material that you view or download from the Site cannot be used on any website or computer network. Copyright or trademark laws protect all of the material available on the Site. This includes any audio files that you download or receive by subscription, graphics, logos, videos and photographs including any work or material that is derived from the Site for use in promotional material or other websites. The Company may, at its discretion, grant permission for the use of this material. Permission must be granted with prior written consent before any use of the material is allowed. Please make your request to


    You will not modify or edit the RSS Feeds from the Site. This includes modifying the RSS Feeds to include the incorporation of any advertising, splash screens, spyware, viruses, or any other content. The Company owns all rights to the RSS Feeds and those rights may include patents, trademarks and copyrights. The Company reserves the right to stop offering its RSS Feeds to anyone at anytime.

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