Flattering spam or what do you mean Yahoo? Games

This is yesterdays blogpost translated into English

Flattering spam or what…

Just before i went to bed I got an e-mail adressed to Jeannine (my name is Kristina) from a Content producer at Yahoo! Games. According to the mail he found my images on flickr and wants permission to possibly use them on the Yahoo.com website and in a gallery at Yahoo! games. This is a part of the e-mail (I bolded some parts):

We believe that your participation in this would be a good opportunity for promoting your photography.

To allow us to include your photos as stated above, we need your consent.

 

Therefore, if you agree with the below terms in connection with Yahoo! Inc.’s use of your photos, please reply to this email with the term AGREE in caps.

 

Terms of License Grant:

 

(1) You retain ownership of your Photos, however, you grant to Yahoo! Inc. a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license (but not the obligation) to sublicense, use, copy, modify, translate and/or adapt, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display by any means and in any media, your Photos on Yahoo! News and local Yahoo! News sites in other countries.

(2) You represent and warrant that your Photo is an original work taken by you and you own or have the necessary rights to all copyrights or other proprietary rights in your Photos. You also represent that you are over 18 years old.

(3) To the extent that your Photos are displayed on Yahoo! Inc.’s pages, Yahoo! Inc. will provide a link from your Photos to the gallery and associate an alt tag displaying your Flickr screen name in connection with the Photos.

 

The Yahoo! and Flickr teams are honored in having your presence in the Flickr community. Your contribution would be sincerely appreciated.

We’d also like to send on a brief questionnaire so you can provide some context about the inspiration behind this project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

The intriguing about the mail is several things. The way I am supposted to agree is to reply through an e-mail, is that legally binding? How do they know it´s me replying and not someone else? Then there´s the conditions. They write that they want to use my Stormtrooper-pictures in my photostream, which means they are asking me to give them the right to use any of over 800 images.

And what does this mean:

(1) You retain ownership of your Photos, however, you grant to Yahoo! Inc. a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license (but not the obligation) to sublicense, use, copy, modify, translate and/or adapt, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display by any means and in any media, your Photos on Yahoo! News and local Yahoo! News sites in other countries.

Read it slowly, I will retain ownership, but I am supposed to give Yahoo a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license, to sublicense, use, copy, modify, translate and/or adapt, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display by any means and in any media, yadayadayada. And all I possibly is offered is a gallery on their website.

Flattered, Yes but come on I feel like David against Goliath…