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Re: Geocoding Terms of Service

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  • richard_howe@rocketmail.com
    Yes, we can store the results, BUT, the termination clause throws us under the bus... any or no reason ... Should Yahoo! suddenly decide to no longer provide
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 27, 2013
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      Yes, we can store the results, BUT, the termination clause throws us under the bus... 'any or no reason'...
      Should Yahoo! suddenly decide to no longer provide the service and terminate all subscriptions, then we are legally obliged to purge all of our lat/long data at that point.


      --- In ysearchboss@yahoogroups.com, Rahul Hampole <rhampole@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi Richard
      > I am confused on what your question here is.
      >
      > Is it if you can use the service for an internal business application? Yes you absolutely can as long it is in agreement with the terms of use.
      >
      > Can you store the data? Only if it satisfies a core business function as per B2.vi. Part b
      >
      > We are unfortunately not providing special exceptions beyond the contract since the belief is that it offers tremendous flexibility, and given the method of delivery our limited ability to check how the data is used. Let me know if you have further questions and happy to answer.
      >
      > Regards
      > Rahul
      > Product Manager, Yahoo! BOSS
      >
      > From: Richard Howe <richard_howe@...<mailto:richard_howe@...>>
      > Reply-To: "ysearchboss@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ysearchboss@yahoogroups.com>" <ysearchboss@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ysearchboss@yahoogroups.com>>
      > Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:42 AM
      > To: "ysearchboss@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ysearchboss@yahoogroups.com>" <ysearchboss@yahoogroups.com<mailto:ysearchboss@yahoogroups.com>>
      > Subject: [ysearchboss] Geocoding Terms of Service
      >
      >
      >
      > We are interested in using the Yahoo! Geocoding services for gathering lat/long coordinates for an INTERNAL business application we are developing.
      > This is just a matter of attaching the lat/long coordinates to addresses within a database.
      > According to the "Yahoo! BOSS Services Terms of Use" this looks to have an exception for the storage of the geocoded results:
      > (Section B.2.vi part b - "to support a core business function of your offering.")
      > The unfortunate part is the termination clause found in Section A.14(d)(ii) "You must immediately and completely delete or otherwise remove from Your Offering or any related system all Results which may have been stored by You"
      > Because this doesn't specify what 'Results' this includes, it can only be assumed that it includes geo location results.
      > And, since it is stipulated in A.14(c) that Yahoo! can terminate "at any time, for any reason, or for no reason" this raises red flags within our legal department.
      > Are there no further exemptions for storage and use of geocoded results for private, internal, business use?
      >
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