Tuesday, September 18, 2018

KBoards Kerfuffle

A keen-eyed community member noted what looks like a change in the Terms of Service associated with a change of ownership for the KBoards forum--a site where the author's sub-forum is by far the most active area. Many of the following terms are standard but some seem an over-reach in relation to authors using their pan names on the forum and potential transmitting works through direct message (see underlined).

"You agree to grant to KBOARDS.COM a non exclusive, royalty free, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual license to reproduce, distribute, transmit, sublicense, create derivative works of, publicly display, publish and perform any materials and other information you submit to any public areas, chat rooms, bulletin boards, newsgroups or forums of KBOARDS.COM or which you provide by email or any other means to KBOARDS.COM and in any media now known or hereafter developed. Further, you grant to KBOARDS.COM the right to use your name and or user name in connection with the submitted materials and other information as well as in connection with all advertising, marketing and promotional material related thereto, together with use on any other VerticalScope Inc. web sites. You agree that you shall have no recourse against VerticalScope Inc. for any alleged or actual infringement or misappropriation of any proprietary right in your communications to KBOARDS.COM."

This goes a little further than the usual legal as covering and is, not surprisingly, causing concern and a likely exodus. Especially as the change was not flagged and new consents were not gathered for it--suggesting an intent for it to apply immediately and to pre-existing materials. Way to kill your forum, VerticalScope--but with a buzzwordy name like that, is it really any surprise?


  • David Gaughran notes that the majority shareholder of VerticalScope is Torstar, previous an owner of Harlequin. 
  • The admin now is only accepting account deletion requests via email to  privacy at verticalscope.com

See also
VerticalScope’s Overreaching TOS 9-19-2018
Dumpster Fire at Kboards 9-19-2018

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