27 May 2013

Don't be evil, Skype!

Today when I've tried to open my Skype I received a notification that I need to accept new User Agreement Licence before starting to use it. Remembering all last news connected with the fact that Microsoft Bing visits all links provided in messages I decided to read carefully this User Agreement.

And I've found! I do not know if something similar is in the previous version of user agreement but paragraph 3.2 now looks very suspicious:
3.2 Content
3.2.1 Content of Communications:The content of the communication spread by the use of the Skype Software is entirely the responsibility of the person from whom such content originated. You understand, therefore, that by using the Skype Software and the Skype Services You may be exposed to content that is offensive, harmful to minors, indecent or otherwise objectionable, and that You use the Skype Software and the Skype Services at Your own risk.
3.2.2 You acknowledge and agree that You are solely responsible for any Content that You upload, submit, post, transmit or display through the Skype Software (“Use” or “Used”) and that Skype is not responsible to You or any third party for any Content that is Used by You or any other Skype Software user.
3.2.3 Third Party IP Rights: You agree that You shall not Use any Content that is subject to any third party IP Rights, unless you have a licence or specific permission from the owner to Use such third party content, and to grant Skype the licence set out in paragraph 3.2.4 below.
3.2.4 Licence: You hereby grant to Skype a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable and transferable licence to Use the Content in any media in connection with the Skype Services.
3.2.5 Removal of Content: Skype reserves the right (but shall have no obligation) to decide whether any Content that You Use complies with this Agreement and any Additional Terms. Skype may in its sole discretion remove such Content and/or terminate this Agreement and Your User Account if You Use any Content that is in breach of this Agreement and/or any Additional Terms at any time and without prior notice to You.
AFAIU, this means that now Skype (and Microsoft) have a licence to use all the content that I send to my friends using Skype software. Moreover, it can transfer this licence to all other parties!


  1. Привет! Узнаю тебя Юра - мало кто дочитал это соглашение. А вообще очень интересно - куча людей использует скайп в рабочих целях и передают контент защищенный авторским правом своих компаний. И вот тут совсем не ясно - Microsoft может претендовать на этот контент?....
    Паша Мазуренко

  2. I mentioned that Skype itself can be used for video calls, but this plugin is just to receive voice calls via Skype.
    Skype Technical Help