I have been living in a country for quite a many years now, though I've never read its constitution. Not throughly anyway. And I wouldn't invest more than five minutes reading any constituion frankly speaking. Quite a similar stuff I guess.
Yes, a company can change its Terms at any time. You are the consumer, i.e. the site user, therefore you have the right to remove your content and publish elsewhere, also at any time
Thank you for answering. And your answer is fair enough, I suppose. Given further thought, I came to the following 2 queries:
1. Is the HubPages' TOU governed by some other, third-party laws, or is it an autonomous entity itself? The website is housed in California, so common sense tells me that HubPages is bound to run the business according to the laws of the state. And there must be some federal laws (covering entire American users) which restrict the range of actions for Amercian website owners and administrators, in general.
2. HubPages may change its terms of contract anytime and may increase or decease the percentage of revenue split received. But can it legally do so for authors who signed up under the original contract? For example, if under some critical circumstances HubPages increases its revenue share to 80%, and implement that change sitewide, will that be considered legal for authors who had agreed to use the service under the contract which is that HubPages will get 40% and authors will get 60% of the revenue generated by each hub?
You and most of the others in this thread are misinterpreting the TOU even now.
You do not get a split of the cash from your Hubs, you get a split of the impression time. You get 100% of what your impressions earn.
I missed it. Thank you for the correction. But the point actually remains the same: will it be considered legal if HubPages, under critical circustances, increases their share of the total 'impression time' that is assigned to each hub, from the current 40%, to 80% or more?
I've got the answer. It's legal.
Just so you know, at no time in the nine year history of HubPages have they ever done anything to increase the impression time percentage.
And they've added ads which only the site earns from to lots of areas.
Why not just read the TOU? Also, why not read your country's constitution?
You'll find most contracts say or more or less the same thing. The ones that get taken to court are the ones that are unfair within the eyes of the legislature and judiciary of the country/state which governs the contract - as stated in the contract.
Bottom line it would be a very unwise site that relies on others for content to start messing people about
It wouldn't have to be as the extreme example you gave.
The fact of the matter is people can pick up their content any time they want and just walk with it - and that's an actual asset walking out the door - and being deleted from the Google Index as well.
Of course any site has turnover and any sensible site normally monitors the performance indicator for this.
It's when the good authors with good content start walking and the news ones coming in to replace them can barely write English that a site like HubPages needs to be worried.
Thank you for the thoughtful answer. But my question was quite specific, which is: Will it be considered legal if HubPages, for example, incease its revenue share from the current 40%, to something like 80% or more?
If the contract allows then it is legal.
Making a change like that would very probably cause the site to close down as most people who are earning the money which keeps it afloat would very probably exit the site PDQ - so that in sense it's somewhat of an academic question!
Just checked in the actual HubPages TOU a moment ago. It was all in the very first paragraph. Seems like that the contract does allow even as 'extreme' measures as such.
And your question has been answered, twice.
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