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Features of LJ's latest clusterfuck:

1) "LiveJournal User Agreement has been changed. We encourage you to review the full text of the agreement. You can also read it in this window:
ATTENTION: this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document. The original User Agreement, which is valid, is located at the following address: http://www.livejournal.com/legal/tos-ru.bml ."

The original, legally binding document is, of course, only available in Russian.

2) Via [tumblr.com profile] ladytharen: "[LJ] updated their user agreement in russian and to make it worse the english version was not “legally binding” and you couldn’t do anything while logged in until you accepted the new user agreement which - even in the english version it had fuzzy language about being able to use users’ content publicly. erm, no? bugger off?" [Link to post]*

3) If you try to do anything on LJ without accepting the new agreement, it forcibly logs you out.


So! It looks like I'll finally be deleting my LJ account in the near future. Probably by the end of the week.


* Official language: "In respect of any Content which constitutes intellectual property, User provides to the Administration a non-exclusive (simple) license to use his/her Content in order to provide the Service by reproducing his/her Content as well as by making it public for the entire period the Content is posted on the Service. If User participates in any rankings or if User’s Content is used in any editorial projects of the Service, User provides to the Administration an additional authorisation to modify, shorten and amend his/her Content, to add images, a preamble, comments or any clarifications to his/her Content while using it, and in certain cases based on the Service functions, an authorisation to use User’s Content anonymously."


Edit: More relevant information ahoy! There's some translationy bits of the Russian user agreement there, courtesy of [tumblr.com profile] digitaldiscipline, or possibly the related laws? Anyway, here's the summary courtesy of [tumblr.com profile] suricattus:

Short version, as I see it: nothing obscene by Russian legal standards (in Putin’s Russia, LGBTA discussions could fall within that, much less actual smut), and even if you’re squeaky clean and hetero-vanilla, any and everything you say is subject to their (legal) judgement. So yeah, for’ex, prohibiting “the dissemination of information for the purpose of discrediting a citizen or some categories of citizens on the basis of sex, age, race or ethnicity, language, religion, trade, place of residence and work and also in connection with their political convictions.” could be seen as protecting someone from abuse or libel, and that’s great - but it also means that if the Russian government decides they don’t like your political activism, they have the right to use that post as “abuse” that “shall entail criminal, administrative or another liability in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.” And then “the hosting provider or the person mentioned in Item 2 of Part 9 of the present article shall provide the information allowing to identify the blogger.”


So yeah. Shit is scary.

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