Startup photosharing site 500px has decided to make terms of service easier to understand.
Website TechCrunch caught wind of this and posted their simple terms of service as an example of what they should look like. Sure, the lawyer-written version is also on the site. However, most of us don’t read through that crap, and even when we do, it’s written in such stupid terms that those of us who didn’t doze are wondering what all that stuff means. We think lawyers just like to use larger words to boost their egos. Didn’t they ever learn about how effective it is to say more with less? Apparently not.
They will have a five paragraph section written by some legal dude, then they write “Basically” and offer the English translation.
Here’s an example:
Release And Indemnity
You hereby expressly and irrevocably release and forever discharge 500px, its affiliated and associated companies, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, independent and dependent contractors, licensees, successors and assigns of and from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, proceedings, liability, debts, judgments, claims and demands whatsoever in law or equity which you ever had, now have, or hereafter can, shall or may have, for or by reason of, or arising directly or indirectly out of your use of the Site and the Services.
You hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless 500px, its affiliated and associated companies, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, independent and dependent contractors, licensees, successors and assigns from and against all claims, losses, expenses, damages and costs (including, but not limited to, direct, incidental, consequential, exemplary and indirect damages), and reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from or arising out of (i) a breach of these Terms, (ii) Content posted on the Site, (iii) the use of the Services, by you or any person using your account or 500px Username and password, (iv) the sale or use of your Store Images, or (v) any violation of any rights of a third party.
Here’s the version people understand:
Basically, We are not liable if something goes really wrong. Always have a backup of your photos.
It’s pretty cut and dry. Nice, eh?