If you’re a Dropbox user, you probably got an email in the last few days about an update to their TOS that basically puts all disputes into arbitration rather than litigation.
If you’re like me, you probably glossed over this update because gah, legalese.
Allow me to summarize what it means when a company wants to handle all disputes in arbitration:
No matter what they do (delete your data, privacy breach, overcharging, whatever), you don’t get to sue. Instead, THEY get to choose the arbitrator according to whatever criteria they want, and thus any dispute is decided by someone they’re paying.
Also, you can’t join a class-action suit against them. Which sounds like no big deal, but when a company takes advantage of a bunch of people all in the same small way (incorrectly assessing a service charge, for example), class action is how companies are made to clean up their act en masse, instead of waiting for thousands of people to call them up and demand their $20 back or whatever.
I love Dropbox and use/recommend it enthusiastically. But this is a company that we entrust with some of our most important data- the kind of data we need to have access to wherever we are. Family photos, portfolios, projects representing years of work, etc. And as we’ve seen with Google buying Nest, even if we trust the management team in charge of our data right now, that’s not guaranteed in the future. Founders move on to other things. Companies with great products get acquired. Business decisions get made that change the direction of the company.
The agreement we make with Dropbox is too important to be enforced only by an arbitrator of their choosing. You have 30 days from the date of notification to opt out of the arbitration clause. Do it now.
I mentioned that the Pinterest business account was weird, but this is weirder. I just opted out of part of the TOS of a service because I read something on twitter…
This is why people want to wear flannel and butcher their own meats. Our world is getting fucking complicated.
Roomba art (at 356 Mission)
31 Jan 2014 / 1 note
As a teenager growing up in a boring city called Grand Rapids, one of the few things that was important to me there was the city’s DIY arts scene, and the thriving heart of that scene was a downtown venue called the DAAC (Division Avenue Arts Collective)….
This is my favorite door in Grand Rapids.
12 Dec 2013 / 6 notes
Now available for pre-order!
Grand Rapids Firsts: 2014 Calendar
This collection of illustrations celebrate several of Grand Rapids, Michigan’s many “firsts.” Grand Rapids: the first American city to use hydroelectric power; The hometown to the U.S.’ first unelected president; The site of Janet Jackson’s first wedding (yep!).
A lot of interesting firsts have happened in Grand Rapids, so why not revel in one every month of the year?
Pre-orders will ship 12/16.
Special pre-order price of $12 - price will return to the normal $15 on 12/14
Buy 4 - we will send you a fifth for free - ultimate stocking stuffer for really oversized stockings!Process:1-color risograph prints (various ink colors) on 67#Domtar Colors Bristol Vellum (various colors), wire-o binding with calendar hangerPages: 14
Dimensions: 8.5” x 14”
Edition Size: 100
our song by radiator hospital at double speed.
Foil Fuser! (at Issue Press)
9 Nov 2013 / 3 notes
Risotto Studio / Colour swatch
Well my life just changed forever!
2 Nov 2013 / 4 notes