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Submission + - Comcast makes you subject to Non-US laws (comcast.net) 4

boyfoot_bear writes: I just received an email from Comcast that tells me "we're introducing an updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, effective October 6, 2009." Included in the terms of service (which can be found here http://www.comcast.net/terms/web/2009-10/) is the following:
You specifically agree not to:
* use the Comcast Web Services to undertake or accomplish any unlawful purpose, including but not limited to, posting, storing, transmitting or disseminating information, data or material which is libelous, obscene, unlawful, threatening or defamatory, or which infringes the intellectual property rights of any person or entity, or which in any way constitutes or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, or otherwise violate any local, state, federal, or non-U.S. law, order, or regulation;

It sounds to me like Comcast is making me subject to the laws of, say, China. I don't know about you but I sure don't know all of the non-US laws, orders or regulations that even this post runs afoul of but I am sure that Comcast is overstepping its authority.

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Comcast makes you subject to Non-US laws

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  • In Thailand it's illegal to insult the king, so if I call him a raging faggot with a micropenis, does that mean I get disconnected now? :(
  • In Canada the US is trying to impose the DMCA (and worse ) on us.

  • If you actually read to what those agreements apply you will find that they are not for the internet provider portion of Comcast. Instead, they target their owned websites: www.comcast.net, www.fancast.com, www.chirp.com , and www.plaxo.com; as well as the Plaxo Network. The Plaxo Network refers to the use of the Comcast Web Services which are essential web service APIs used by hosted and third party web sites.

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