Terms of Agreement Example
A friend of mine recently purchased an Asus Netbook, and she noticed some interesting conditions while she was reading through the terms of agreement for the Asus E-Membership Agreement. I thought these were interesting enough to post…
Number four of the conditions is about member’s privacy, and says that users are “prohibited to give or share password and credit card details with any third party.” However, the way that it is worded sounds like Asus users can not use e-commerce services such as Amazon that require credit card information. I know that is not what is meant, but it could be interpreted this way.
Number six of the conditions says that members need to “abide by all related laws in Taiwan, Republic of China, and other Internet standards and formalities.” Really? Does this mean that users of Asus Netbooks are subject to censorship? Do users need to follow all of the laws & where can one fine a copy of the international laws for Taiwan and China?
Number sixteen states that any intellectual property posted on the Asus web site belongs to Asus and can not be used without their permission. I’m assuming this means anything created by Asus, instead of an end user which posts something and chooses to post it somewhere else online. If it doesn’t, it sounds like Asus is racking up a bunch of intellectual property that really doesn’t belong to them.
In a way, I just have to laugh at how some of the terms of agreement are phrased. I have heard of one time when a person who created the terms of agreement for a certain big computer company added a sentence that says “you shall give us your first born child.” This was to see if anyone from the company really read through the agreements. Thankfully, someone noticed and it did not make it in the published version.
Have you seen any poorly phrased terms of agreements? Glance through them sometime–you might be surprised at what you’re agreeing to do!
4.Member's Privacy Members will need to be responsible for the security of their personal login names, passwords and other relevant personal details. They will also need to be fully responsible for accessing their own account under ASUS Online. Members are prohibited to give or share their password or credit card details with any third party. If there are reports on vandalism of credit account, please contact the webmaster of ASUS Online immediately. 6. Laws and Regulation Members need to abide by all related laws in Taiwan, Republic of China and other Internet standards and formalities. Since Internet transcends national boundaries, members will also have to comply with the laws and regulations in their residing country. If members use other International web site provided by ASUS, they will also need to follow the domestic laws and regulations and Internet standards and formalities that the region specified in ASUS web site. 16. Intellectual Properties Title to and interest in any logos, images, photos, files, illustrations, software, or relevant information appeared in ASUS Online, its intellectual properties belongs to ASUS or its source provider. The members shall not duplicate, reproduce, transfer, modify or edit in any way for any third party or individual benefits without ASUS or source provider's prior written consents.