Wouldn’t it be nice if terms of service agreements were written in plain English
Do you ever wonder what you are agreeing to when you just click the ‘agree’ button on all of the terms of service agreements on social networks or web services? I normally don’t. I just agree and move on, but what if you were signing away the rights to your images, photos, and content? As an artist this is a scary thought. It’s hard to tell what your signing up for these days unless you want to read a 30 page document. “I have read and agree to the Terms” is the biggest lie on the internet or so say the organizers of a new site call ToS;DR. Not the catchiest name, but the name is inspired by the internet acronym TL;DR which means “Too Long; Didn’t Read”. The site is still pretty new so you might not find the social network or web service you’re looking for. ToS;DR is a crowd sourced site that takes the lengthy terms of service agreements on websites and breaks then down into a convenient bulleted list. The best part is they write in plain english removing the legal jargon. The site doesn’t claim to give legal advice and says “we express our opinion with no guarantee and we do not endorse any service in any way.” Their work is funded by non-profits and individual donations. The information gets released as free software and open data.