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Lori Drew MySpace Fraud Trial May Be Dismissed Because Drew Never Read Terms of Use

Do You Ever Read Websites' Terms of Use?

Lori Drew, the woman who made a fake MySpace profile to torment teenager Megan Meier, which led to the latter's suicide, is currently on trial for fraud. This was the only way to prosecute Drew for her involvement in Meier's suicide — accusing her of fraudulently creating a MySpace account.

However, it already looks like the case could be thrown out, because she has testified that she never read MySpace's terms of use, nor did she agree to them.

I personally cannot remember the last time I actually read a website's terms of use; I agree to them, sure, but it's rare that I actually read the fine print. Am I setting myself up for disaster? Maybe — it could depend on the outcome of this case. Tell me: Do you actually read the terms of use for every website that presents it to you?


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Kaizykat Kaizykat 8 years
I know the TOS by heart for deviantART and Gaia Online. Other than that I have no clue.
JeffaLynn JeffaLynn 8 years
Most the time I don't even go to the page where the Terms of Use are located. I always just simply assume that they are being honest. The only time I do is when downloading something, making sure they randomly state that it contains a virus. I'll take this story into consideration the next time I sign up for something.
yadiet yadiet 8 years
so sad what happent to that teenager. she took her life bc of what sick old hag did
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 8 years
I never read them. I don't have a MySpace, but usually, if you don't agree to the "Terms of Use", you can't register (or whatever you're trying to do). So I don't understand how this person is saying she never agreed to the terms.
Anniina Anniina 8 years
I skim through too. I mean, I could read the full TOS text but my god, so boring to read all the copyright things I know already. I'm not criminal, I don't have to be aware of the details. I think..? :D
millarci millarci 8 years
I usually at least skim through them. It depends on what it's for.
danixk danixk 8 years
I agree with HokiePokie. andddd, no. I don't -always-.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I don't read them. I do skim over a few to make sure there aren't any $ signs anywhere.
GissiJ GissiJ 8 years
I don't read them, I have never had gotten into trouble until a couple of days ago, I was sent a email telling me i wasn't following the rule then i promised not to do that again. So i may start actually reading the rules from know on.
omilawd omilawd 8 years
I never even gloss over them. I just check the box that says I read them and be on my merry way.
syako syako 8 years
I agree with Jude. Since when can you just say you didn't read something and that automatically means you're precluded from consequence? I didn't read the whole contract, therefore it's not binding?! Could you imagine that!?
kaenai kaenai 8 years
I didn't read them for a long time, but as I realized that the internet was fast becoming the medium for a lot of commerce-based activity, I started reading them more often, or at least saving them in a text or PDF file so that I could read them later (and I always did). I wish more people would read them, actually. I'm a moderator for a website right now, and it's amazing how many people don't bother, and then get themselves in trouble or banned from the site - then they have the nerve to complain about it! Even if you only skim over things that pertain to you, it's better than just ignoring it completely. I really hope that woman does get herself in trouble, and that the case isn't thrown out. It would set a really bad precedent for internet behavior vs. consequences. Not to mention that whether she read the ToS or not doesn't excuse her from being an a**hole. She actually said: "It's not like I pulled the trigger," in response to the news of the girl's suicide. She deserves to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law - whether she read the law or not.
foxie foxie 8 years
I think when Lori said she didn't agree to the TOS, she meant "personally" she didn't agree to them. As in, her assistant created the account. I think Lori is a messed up woman obviously, but I have to wonder about Megan's mother too. From what I've read regarding Megan's history of behavior, I doubt her home life was very nurturing.
Sakura-Ga-Saku Sakura-Ga-Saku 8 years
It really depends on the type of website. For a social networking site or a forum, I usually won't read the Terms of Service, mostly because it is unlikely that I'll use them very much or in many different ways. If I'm using a forum/website and am unsure if I'm allowed to do something, I'll usually check to make sure it's okay then. However, not reading the terms of service shouldn't really be a reason to throw a case out. One of the conditions for using a website is under the assumption one has read the terms of service and should be responsible for their actions.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i read them but the reality is that if you pay attention you wouldn't agree to half the stuff in them. you don't realize you're allowing your info to be shared for profit and your privacy to be invaded for no real reason. but if you don't agree you don't get to play. it's a price you pay but it can sometimes be worth it. the people on facebook disagreed with the ad platform they rolled out. people revolted and it changed. although it's back, the program has been modified. if people had read the terms, they would have known that very thing was not only possible but they agreed to it!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I tend to skim. But here's my thought on Lori Drew--when you sign up for something like MySpace (or Sugar), you have to click on that "I have read the TOS and agree." I feel like since she did that, the fact that she says she never actually read them shouldn't excuse her from her actions. That would be a bit like saying, "Oh, I didn't know it was illegal to kill a person. I've never read the laws. So I should get off."
xxcrazyjewxx xxcrazyjewxx 8 years
I rarely read the TOS. But honestly, Lori Drew is a pathetic excuse for a human being, let alone a mother. I was horrified when I first read of this case, and even more so as it goes on. Lori is simply a terrible person and deserves to be in jail for what she did.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 8 years
Also (and sorry for the double post but I got fired up and forgot to mention this) the Terms state that if you just USE the Myspace service, you agree to the Terms. It does not specify that the terms only apply to those creating accounts.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 8 years
I rarely read them, but I do always search within the terms or within help/faq sections before making purchases. I've ended up with a subscription before that I didn't realize I was signing up for, and since I started working as a chat room mod for the casual game company that I work for, I've started trying to be sure to read over forum rules/the TOS before involving myself in any communities. Key word "trying" - nobody's perfect and I'm not going to claim I haven't ever gotten trouble for being mouthy in the past, lol. Anyway, the important part is that if I were to have ever broken the Terms, I wouldn't try to play dumb. In most cases (and this is the case for the site that I work for) when you create an account, just clicking the button that signs you up indicates that you agree to the Terms. In our TOS, it clearly states that if you create an account, you agree to the Terms. There's even an "I Agree" button during sign up. Out of curiosity, since it's been a very long time since I created my Myspace, I checked their sign-up process. Sure enough, on the first page of the account creation process, it says: "By clicking Sign Up, you are agreeing to the MySpace Terms of Service and Privacy Policy." In this case, it's not even hidden! It provides links to both the Terms and the Privacy Policy RIGHT THERE. If they actually manage to throw this case out due to her "ignorance," then I'm going to lose even more faith in our judicial system. Hokie was right on earlier about the whole speeding thing - next time you get pulled over for speeding, try telling the cop that you missed the speed limit sign and that you didn't know what the appropriate speed was and see how well that goes.
aka-Daria aka-Daria 8 years
i don't, but then again im not an asshole who makes up fake accounts on anything jus to fuck with people and make them feel like shit. ...but that's just me.
darqbella darqbella 8 years
i do actually read them, but then i actually care about TOS, etc. you always find them in a community setting and the other places i find them are where you might be posting things that are your intellectual or artistic property and you're signing away your own rights to your stuff if you're not careful. and, it goes without saying, you should read all the financials! usually the worst that can happen is a site will kick you off, but... most people don't go around preying on others (say in those 'to catch a predator' deals... but still...).
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 8 years
Definitely not. And I know that was how many people got stuck with adware years ago when they'd agreed to get third-party software when downloading things like screensavers and mp3s.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I definitely try to. But this woman claiming ignorance doesn't and didn't preclude her from knowing what she was doing was wrong. She didn't read them but she accepted them. I hope she's found guilty.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
I rarely do, but if its something with my credit card etc, I do.
devils devils 8 years
Usually no, but sometimes I do, depending on what it is.
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