An Irrevocable, Perpetual, Non-exclusive, Transferable, Fully paid, Worldwide License to Kiss My A** …February 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Fun, Legal, Web 2.0 | 71 Comments
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This seemed really familiar, so I did a search on this rather unique set of words and was amazed at how many places use the exact same phrase. Here’s just a few:
- Spring Street Networks
- Second Life
- The 2008 12 01 Smithsonian Magazine 6th Annual Photo Contest
The statement is so one-sided in its application that I would be curious how many judges and juries have knocked it down over the years. The shame is that this kind of phrase acts as a landmine – it can sit there quietly for years, but then explode one day if the company decides to reuse some IP that the original poster (who probably didn’t read the long legal disclaimers) didn’t even think could be reused.
One company probably used this phrase first and other lawyers loved it so much they all copied it. In fact FindLaw publishes it as a sample to be used by others. Great- spread the joy. I don’t know who the original lawyer is that came up with that phrasing, but he can’t complain about all the copying since his client probably had an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license to use it.