iOS: Vigilante App Profits by putting you in danger

Vigilante for iOS exited beta yesterday and they have been marketing it as a great way to assist your neighbors that are frequently being attacked.

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Well the question came up as to how they are actually making money.  It turns out they are taking this as a more paparazzi approach in which they actually retain ownership of any uploaded content, which means they can sell it to news organizations. not you.

If you read their TOS here, you can see what we are referring to:

Section 5: Content Rights

You retain certain rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. In order to make the Services available to you, sp0n needs a license from you. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant sp0n a worldwide, exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, assignable (without consent), sublicensable (without consent and through multiple layers of distribution), royalty-free license to use, copy, reproduce, exploit, create derivative works based on, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed). You retain the right to use the Content for your personal, non-commercial purposes, such as to display to immediate family and personal associates;  you may not permit any third party to use the Content for any editorial or commercial purposes.

Well there you have it, Sp0n/Vigilante’s plan is to get you to chase after the bad guys, and they will sell your life risking work for profit.

Stay safe out there Superheros! Watch out for possible Vigilante Villains.

 

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