Alpha’s early access (or, beta) period has been good, and we appreciate all of the feedback you’ve given to help us continue making improvements. We’ve heard your concerns regarding Alpha’s Terms of Service, and are making some changes. These updates will go into effect immediately.
Here’s the rundown:
In section 8C, we are clarifying that you grant us a license to use your “User Content” and your name, likeness and communications in User Content only “on or in connection with the Digital Service and/or Live Stream Programs (or any portion thereof).”
This needed to be updated because one of the key features of Alpha is the opportunity for users to participate in live streamed shows, as well other interactive forums and activities.
- Users will actually appear on-screen in our live programs and can post content in our interactive forums.
- We can safely post stuff from Alpha (gifs, clips, etc.) onto other media or social platforms.
This also means that we don’t intend to sell coffee cups, mouse pads, water bottles, body pillows, Roombas, or any other merchandise using your name or likeness. If you post user content (such as fan art) to one of our interactive forums, we can’t (and won’t) make commercial products from your content.
We’ve further clarified (in section 8C) that we are only receiving rights to use ideas and concepts you contribute in a live streamed program in connection with that program, and for the purpose of producing further episodes, segments or derivative works related to that program in which you appear.
This means that you may be allowed to, in addition to appearing in the live streamed program, contribute ideas or concepts about or related to its subject matter.
- Of course, if you participate and contribute ideas to help move the program’s action along, we’ll need the right to use the ideas you contribute in that live program.
- A good example is with “Choose Your Own Adventure” sorts of programs in which user participants suggest next steps in the adventure.
We want you to enjoy Alpha, and to be able to explore and contribute in a manner that you’re comfortable with. We hope that these updates to our ToS are a step in the right direction. As always, you can reach out to us through our social media pages or by contacting us directly.
Edit: Updated section number above.