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Just out of curiosity I started to sign up and decided to read the "terms and conditions". There was something in there that worried me a bit. They state "(4) "FAST Code" means the software code detailed in the Registration Pages and which you must incorporate in Your web site in order for You to use the Partner Site Services;" and
"(c) FAST Code for Search Bar
You shall incorporate the FAST Code in your web site without alteration of the FAST Code or the search bar that it produces, and You may not: (i) permit other individuals to use the FAST Code, (ii) modify, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble (except to the extent applicable laws specifically prohibit such restriction), or create derivative works based on the FAST Code, (iii) copy the FAST Code (except as specified herein), (iv) export, directly or indirectly, the FAST Code to any person or entity outside the United States in violation of applicable U.S. export laws, (v) sell, rent, lease, or otherwise transfer rights to the FAST Code, irrespective of whether or not the FAST Code is integrated with and into Your products, technology or intellectual property, or (vi) remove any proprietary notices or labels on the FAST Code.".
It appears they want you to put their search bar on your web site in order to use this service. Does this concern anyone else? I can't see very many people wanting to do this. I am not sure if it is an internal site search they make for your site or just a link to their main search but either way it doesn't seem like a good idea.
Here is the link for this:
Fast PartnerSite [partnersite.fastsearch.com]
Anybody have any thoughts on this?
You will then receive our simple tools to imbed a customizable search bar on your site. Visitors will be able to search within your site and the web using the most powerful and comprehensive web catalog on the market.
Also, when I have a sitesearch tool on my site, do I want that tool only to index a part of my site? Am I supposed to write a notice: Dear user this fantastic searchbox only searches in parts of our site?
Apart from that, the legal stuff you quoted sounds ok for me, itīs a piece of proprietary software after all. I donīt know what else it can do though.
The PartnerSite Service I is just for sites that want to include individual URL's in the FAST index and are not interested in the site search application.
I'll talk to our lawyers about softening the language in the T&C's...it's really intended to say the the code is proprietary...look and feel is all yours :-)