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CNET Legal Q

by trevorgillies / December 6, 2012 6:38 PM PST


I'm a law student and I'm doing some research regarding the legality of download sites, like cnet.

Why is it ok for cnet to use logos from other companies, example Frostwire, and to provide downloads of Frostwire (for example)?

I have a few ideas, but just want to see what you think (that is part of my research as well, public opinion).

Thank you VERY much, I really look forward to seeing your thoughts/rationale.


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Re: download sites
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 6, 2012 6:44 PM PST
In reply to: CNET Legal Q

That's an interesting question. You might post it on our dedicated download forum http://forums.cnet.com/download-site-feedback-forum/ also.

My view is that the software we offer there is explicitely uploaded to us (www.upload.com) with the request to make it available. I've never done so, but I assume there's an implicit or explicit agreement then between the maker and CNET that allows us to use the logo on the specific download page.

I've asked the forum administrator to have a look at your question also.


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The Publisher Terms of Use
by John.Wilkinson / December 6, 2012 11:25 PM PST
In reply to: CNET Legal Q

Here's the basic terms of use of the service:

Note the "Your conduct on the service" section, which I believe covers the right to display logos that the developer provided to CNET. However, I have not used the service myself and am no expert or representative in such matters, so use that as a "getting started" point while waiting for other responses.


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Cleared Up
by trevorgillies / December 6, 2012 11:54 PM PST

I didn't realize the content (software/logos/trademarks) was provided to CNET by the software companies.

That clears that up!

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