America Online, Inc. has quietly updated the terms of service for its AIM instant messaging application which allows AOL to use anything and everything you send through AIM in any way they see fit, and without notifying you. A sample provision reads: '...by posting Content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this Content in any medium. You waive any right to privacy.'"
Following the recent court rulings in favor of Apple, it is all the more important to be cautious of what is said in chat rooms and forums. Further erosion of free speech?