CBC + RSS = Sort of!

An eagle-eyed anonymous user points to the new CBC RSS feeds. They’re not perfect — headers only, with no actual text — but it’s certainly a great start. Here’s the Prince Edward Island headlines RSS feed. Of course the CBC can’t do anything without paying a lot of lawyers; here’s a snip from the terms and conditions:

Journalistic control. CBC/Radio-Canada has full journalistic control over the CBC Feed and Feed Content; this includes the exclusive right to amend, correct, withdraw or drop the CBC Feed and Feed Content incorporated in your website and you undertake to amend, correct, withdraw or drop the CBC Feed and Feed Content in accordance with CBC/Radio-Canada’s decisions in its sole discretion. Furthermore, you undertake to display the CBC Feed and Feed Content as they are provided by CBC/Radio-Canada, without altering them in any way, or changing their order of presentation, unless CBC/Radio-Canada expressly indicates you should do so or if you receive the written authorization of CBC/Radio-Canada. You undertake not to combine content from other sources with the CBC Feed and Feed Content. You also undertake to clearly indicate that the CBC Feed and Feed Content has been produced by CBC/Radio-Canada and display a CBC/Radio-Canada copyright notice at all times and under all circumstances. You may not archive the CBC Feed and Feed Content. You will not edit, alter or in any way manipulate the CBC Feed and Feed Content nor shall you allow its reproduction by anyone. You will not distribute the CBC Feed and Feed Content in any way or allow its distribution or redistribution in any manner or form by anyone.

The entire text of the terms runs 3,361 words.

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Alan's picture
Alan on December 9, 2004 - 22:03

What lawyer writes thou shalt not “archive”?!? They must mean “save” or “retain” a copy of content. “Archiving” has a technical meaning that renders that line virtually meaningless.

oliver's picture
oliver on December 9, 2004 - 22:18

I think the conventional explanation would be that the lawyers are on staff and this is how they justify their retention, if not a way to avoid boredom. Also note that the specific instance you’re citing is _cyber law_, which I suspect looks pretty sexy on a legal resume nowadays.

oliver's picture
oliver on December 9, 2004 - 22:19

I was responding to Peter, not Alan, who came in ahead of me under my radar.

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