July  8, 1999



Yahoo modified the rules for its GeoCities
Internet community after users called a boycott to protest a policy that
appeared to claim rights to content posted on personal Web sites.

Yahoo (YHOO: news, msgs) announced the change on Wednesday
through a message posted on the GeoCities site under the headline: "We
hear you!"

"Yahoo does not claim ownership of content you place on your Yahoo
GeoCities site," the message said.

The new rules give the company nonexclusive rights that can be used only
to display and promote the Web sites of GeoCities users. In its previous
guidelines, the company claimed to have "perpetual, irrevocable" rights to
any content posted on GeoCities pages, which often contain the work of
professional photographers and writers.

Angry users created a boycott Web site, but called off the effort after
Yahoo changed its policy.

Yahoo acquired Los Angeles-based GeoCities earlier this year for $3.7
billion.

 

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