Warning! Do not access Hyndburn Council website from a mobile phone

Just a friendly little warning, given that their terms and conditions only grant the following permission:

You may retrieve and display content from the Hyndburn BC website on a computer screen, print individual pages on paper and store such pages in electronic format on a personal computer for your personal and non-commercial use.

You wouldn’t want to go breaking their rules by accessing the site on a device with a screen but which isn’t a computer now would you?

(Though at least the photocopying strictures are no longer there.)

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  • Daniel white 20th Jul '10 - 9:28am

    The terms are stupid but phones are definitely computers…

  • Andrew Suffield 20th Jul '10 - 9:31am

    The real sillyness here is that they have rules at all. I know it’s become popular with certain lawyers, but there’s really no way they could be enforcible.

  • Does this block braille terminals? What about screen-readers? Does it also mean I can’t access their site from work?

  • Andrew Wimble 20th Jul '10 - 2:16pm

    I am not sure what the legal definition of computer actually is.

    Given that the average smart phone has more processing power than a computer would only a few years ago, and even a ‘dumb’ phone is not far behind do phones qualify as computers, or Cars, TVs, Washing Machines, etc, etc, all of which have the kind of processing power that early computer makers could only dream of.

  • Andrew Suffield 20th Jul '10 - 10:49pm

    if there were no rules, you’d be limited to what copyright law permits by default, which is not a lot

    Traditionally there’s a bit of legal handwaving here about “implied permission” – by posting a page on the web, you implicitly grant permission for people to do all the things they normally do with websites, including the very limited forms of personal copying needed to process or display the page.

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