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Hello! I am teaching law at St. Petersburg State University. Major part of my research is connected to virtual worlds and massive multiplayer online games (a broad field which includes Internet law, video game law, virtual law and game studies). This interest derives from my passion for computer games which I consider as one of the most important cultural artifacts ever created. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Case Study Bits: ZAM Networks, LLC

This post is supposed to open a series of short notes dedicated, inter alia, to noteworth clauses found in various terms of service, mostly related to virtual worlds and/or game-related services.

A few days ago I decided to register with the famous Wowhead.com, which actually added much to my World of Warcraft experience. And I noticed an interesting clause in their Terms of Use


Here it is:

"5. Your Password
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any password associated with any account you use to access the Service and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify ZAM of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. ZAM cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section 5."


There is a variety of waivers used by Internet service providers. What has caught my eye is the part "b" which makes responsibility of the service provider conditioned by the fact that the user does not forget to log off each session. 

A good sense, don't you think?