Check the comments about’s terms of use in this post: A Report from BlogHer08. I’ve taken the Lijit search off my blog for now, and may delete my account with them if the issues over content ownership aren’t resolved.

Since I write in more than one place, it appeals to me to have a way to pull up topics from all those places in a search on my content. I hope the terms get reworked at lijit.

2 thoughts on “Lijit”

  1. I am cross posting my comment from the thread “A Report from BlogHer08” here:

    In part because of the discussion here and because we takes feedback from the Publisher community seriously, we are currently in the midst of a review of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

    It is our intent to deliver the best possible service to the Publisher community as well as the people that read and search on those sites. It is not our intent to take ownership in any works created by an author. Lijit does require certain legal rights in order to display links to those content items and provide our service to both Publishers and Readers.

    If you look at Google’s ToS you will see:

    You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

    I assume we will end up with something rather close to that. I will report back as soon as we finalize the ToS.

  2. Micah,
    This is great news indeed. The wording from Google is much clearer (and more reassuring) about the ownership of content.

    I hope you’ll report back when it’s ready so I can have a little celebration and add the lijit search back to my sidebar.

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