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AT&T Threatens Free Speech in Terms of Service Fine Print

A Slashdot reader noticed that in section 5 of the Terms of Service agreement between AT&T and its DSL subscribers, AT&T reserves the right to terminate or suspend service if

tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries.

As Ars Technica writer Ken Fisher ruminated, it is doubtful whether this clause is even enforceable. It’s some kind of ironic that AT&T is doing more damage to its reputation by the inclusion of this clause which is intended to protection its supposed positive image.

Via ArsTechnica.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jackie L.
    Oct 01, 2007 @ 19:23:33

    An insurance company told me that I couldn’t tell patients that something was unlikely to be a covered benefit. That my contract forbid me to say, “So-and-so health insurance won’t pay for that drug.” I told them they were not broccoli and that we still have free speech in this country, at least for now. My medical association weighed in on my side and I didn’t have any repercussions at all. Twits.

  2. Jane
    Oct 01, 2007 @ 19:27:30

    they were not broccoli

    That’s hysterical.

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