I never heard a response from LinkedIn over its alleged treatment of my friend Vincent Wright, but I was interested in the change to its terms and conditions effective July 31.
Folks may be interested that the following are not permitted:
• deep-link to the Site for any purpose, (i.e. including a link to a LinkedIn web page other than LinkedIn’s home page) unless expressly authorized in writing by LinkedIn or for the purpose of promoting your proﬁle or a Group on LinkedIn; …
• use manual or automated software, devices, scripts robots, other means or processes to access, “scrape,” “crawl” or “spider” any web pages contained in the site; …
• upload a cartoon, symbol, drawing or any content other than a photograph of yourself in your proﬁle photo; …
I respect LinkedIn’s right to set whatever terms it wishes, especially since it doesn’t charge us for most of its services.
The ﬁrst term cited above might be problematic—it prevents me from recommending a colleague or friend’s LinkedIn proﬁle directly now.
Unless there’s some agreement to the contrary, the second outlaws Google. You guys are in trouble if you spider the LinkedIn site. And there’s not going to be much in the way of conﬂicts of laws there.
The third is plain restrictive.
I’m agreeing to them, but I am not sure how well thought-out two out of the above three are. Posted by Jack Yan, 12:46
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