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Posted: 2006-09-22 09:56 by AmItE

I'm puzzled...

After reading the terms for Microsofts new live.com search engine I was puzzled.

I do not claim to be some sort of legal expert, but I have read my share of user agreements in my time

First of all...

use any automated process or service to access and/or use the service (such as a BOT, a spider, periodic caching of information stored by Microsoft, or "meta-searching")

Why does live.com legally prevent other searchengines from indexing the content of their website...this doesnt make sense. As far as I can see they have no robots.txt file nor any no-index meta tags, so any bots that follows this link and start indexing are basicly violating their terms? Strange...

use the service in a way that harms us or our affiliates, resellers, distributors, and/or vendors (collectively, the "Microsoft parties"), or any customer of a Microsoft party

What the hell does that mean?! Shouldn't this be limited to something specific? Or do you basicly violate the terms if you have a company and choose to optimize your search parameters (or whatever) to better match how live.com rates your site, you may get higher rating then Microsoft partners thus, in theory, limiting their profits...etc. You get the point!

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