Updated AIM Terms of Service

AOL quietly updated their AIM terms of service on February 5th according to eweek.
Users who download AIM software after 2/5/2005 are under this policy.
According to the article, the new policy states:
“You waive any right to privacy. You waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the content or to be compensated for any such uses,” according to the AIM terms-of-service.
Although the user will retain ownership of the content passed through the AIM network, the terms give AOL ownership of “all right, title and interest in any compilation, collective work or other derivative work created by AOL using or incorporating this [user] content.
“In addition, by posting content on an AIM Product, you grant AOL, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents and licensees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote this content in any medium,”
Looks like the bottom line is:
1. Use the encryption to prevent them from reading your message.
2. Refrain from posting anything to IM you wouldn’t want to see published in a IM compilation, a court of law, or given to your competitor.
Sounds like good advice in general.