Getting the word out about your site and newly published posts is something that plagues bloggers, both new and old. WordPress.com offers several integrated ways to publicize new posts to your social networks as a part of the posting process. However, Headliner.fm, which appears as a promotional service in the optional “feedback and progress sidebar” after publishing a new post, is a “service” you’ll want to avoid. By using Headliner.fm, you effectively give up your copyrights and allow them to use your posts in any way Headliner.fm chooses, for free, forever. Thank you to acaphil02ph for making us aware of this by posting in the Community Forums and to Suzy Walker-Toye for amplifying it.
Update 2013/10/10: WordPress.com has updated the Support Doc on “Publicize” to include the following (under “Additional Information”):
But still no mention on that page of an official partnership or integration with Headliner.fm.
Further Update 2013/10/10: The forum thread, which was closed by Staff when Community members began to voice their concerns regarding Headliner.fm’s ToS, has just been reopened in order to allow a representative of Headliner.fm to respond. However, as far as I can tell, there’s been no change in the Terms of Service as they appear on Headliner.fm’s website.
And another Update 2013/10/11: Interesting to note that WordPress.com has changed the wording in the feedback and progress sidebar since Suzy published her above post to read “Reach 1000s of new people on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and more — for free using Headliner.fm.” So there’s been a move to be more transparent about which “service” is being used, and that is a good thing. However, still no real change in Headliner’s TOS.
UPDATE: Headliner.fm is no longer available on the web and, in poetic justice, has been taken over by a domain squatter selling fake watches. I cannot remove any links in the below reblog so please don’t click the link in “read the ToS (Terms of Service)”.
This is just a warning folks….
This came to my attention recently, wordpress.com has integrated a new 3rd Party Service into its post blogging panel (you know, the panel that comes up after you publish a post). I wondered about it – ostensibly it looks like a great service, who wouldn’t want to promote their posts for free across a range of services? Who ever reads the terms of services anyway? Well perhaps you should, when you read the ToS (Terms of Service), they basically are taking the right to do anything they please with your content, no holds barred
You grant to HEADLINER the unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual fully-paid and royalty-free right and license to host, use, copy, distribute, reproduce, disclose, sell, resell, sublicense, display, perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, modify, make derivative works from, retitle, reformat, translate, archive, store, cache or otherwise exploit
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