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  1. Meet Telefonica. We spaniards “enjoy” the former monopoly. Its uses do not differ from one even yet.A monopoly from a dictatorial country.

    Comment by A Spanish friend — September 5, 2013 @ 8:37 am

  2. Yeouch!!!
    It must have been very disappointing to have “people you trusted” transformed into “IP nazis”. Still, glad you read the damn contract! FTW! FTW!

    Comment by Chris Heinz — September 5, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

  3. I couldn’t agree more about how inappropriate the proposed contract was, but to Telefonica’s defense, when I pointed out the ludicrous clauses (gave them specifics) and asked to delete them, they reviewed and took them out.

    I then signed and spoke on a panel session as planned.

    I did wonder if any other panelists had bothered reading the contract before signing

    Glad at least one other person did ! ;)

    Comment by Eileen — September 6, 2013 @ 8:24 am

  4. Thanks, Eileen. The whole contract was terrible, TBH. All the stuff about publicity rights, the representations and warrantees, the termination, the jurisidiction — virtually every clause was inappropriate.

    I asked them to let me speak with a CC license on the talk allowing them commercial use of the video, and they said their contract was nonnegotiable.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — September 6, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

  5. Hey Cory… im sorry i cant see the stream with you; i enjoyed your panel last year at Mexico; but, did you talk to someone from telefonica or someone from the Campus?
    I had a similar problem Speaking in Mexico and Telefonica removed all the clauses i objected to. :S

    Comment by marcos — September 6, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

  6. Good move on your part. Draconian contracts should never be signed.

    Comment by Peter de Jager — September 6, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

  7. That reminds me, did the 2011 video ever surface? I recall asking you about it after that event and you mentioning it would be up eventually.

    Comment by Al — September 7, 2013 @ 8:11 am

  8. I dunno! I hope it’s up somewhere – have you had a look?

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — September 7, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

  9. I looked at various points but not lately…

    30 seconds of searching (yes, I’m lazy) turned up this blog post by you with the video…

    Comment by Al — September 11, 2013 @ 8:32 am

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