I'm sure a few of you just went "Yeah, yeah, whatev" and clicked on. Don't. This is a BAD idea. There are a few points that I'm very concerned with and I'll try to explain why.
First:Please note that, User shall be subject to Article 10.2 of the Federal Act of the Russian Federation No. 149-ФЗ if more than three thousand Internet users access the Blog (the Blog’s page) within 24 hours.
So what does 10.2 say?
media should include reliable information about
its owner, or otherwise face, distribute information,
the form and amount that is sufficient to identify that person.
The owner of the site in the network "Internet" is obliged to place on belonging
his website information about its name, location and
address, e-mail address for the application,
specified in Article 15-7 hereof, and
may provide the possibility of sending this statement
by filling in an electronic form on the web site in the "Internet"
(In red. The federal law from November 24 2014. N 364-FZ -
Assembly of the Russian Federation, 2014, N 48, Art.
6645). From here
In other words, if you get over 3000 hits in 24 hours to any single page on your blog, and you don't have "identifying" information that pinpoints you to you, you can kiss your blog goodbye. Not a huge deal for most of us, normally, but imagine if that lovely botnet comes back like during the Russian elections a few years ago and we all suddenly get a bunch of random new visitors? Of course, this isn't terribly scary because it's not terribly likely. Read on...7.3 User who created Blog shall be responsible for such a Blog as well as for the Content posted therein.
7.5 User who posted comments in Blog and User keeping such a Blog shall be jointly and severally liable in respect of such comments.
While I'm fine to a point with 7.3, why should I be held responsible if someone else posts something in the comments of my blog? What if I'm at work and can't delete a spammer quickly? What if someone post something disgusting in the comments? Why should I be held jointly responsible when it's not me writing it?
7.5 is the one that really has me thinking of leaving LJ completely. 9.1.2 In respect of any Content which constitutes intellectual property, User provides to the Administration a non-exclusive (simple) license to use his/her Content in order to provide the Service by reproducing his/her Content as well as by making it public for the entire period the Content is posted on the Service. If User participates in any rankings or if User’s Content is used in any editorial projects of the Service, User provides to the Administration an additional authorisation to modify, shorten and amend his/her Content, to add images, a preamble, comments or any clarifications to his/her Content while using it, and in certain cases based on the Service functions, an authorisation to use User’s Content anonymously.
If I'm reading this correctly - anything you post could be made public. Now, this is a translation and I might be reading it wrong but it looks like any content you provide LJ - so a normal blog post- can be used by LJ. LJ will make that content public, if it likes, on the service. Also, if the blog owner participates in that whole rankings thing, then LJ can edit your contect when they post it as a highlight. Now, what it could also mean is only if you have things set to public, in which case, most of us are fine. However, this is starting to get pretty scary....9.2.7 post advertising and/or political solicitation materials unless otherwise directly specified in a separate agreement between User and the Administration;
So...what constitutes political solicitation according to Russia? No matter what anyone may think of our current political divides in the United States, I don't like the idea of Russia being able to delete individuals just because they are posting political posts. Granted, it says political solicitation but that's a pretty broad legal term. It means " A request or petition intended to obtain something" so, would be the "Stop Westbard Development
" - which has become a local political issue in the neighborhood I work (and my parents live) be considered political solicitation if I ask others in the area to sign a petition? I think everyone can see where the problem is with this one.
12.5 The Administration may send to User information related to the Service as well as third-party advertising using the email address provided by User.
Yay! Spam! /facepalm