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Your FeedBurner RSS Data rights will be owned by Google

Posted by todd at 11:55 AM on June 2, 2007

I was sent this by a FeedBurner users this morning. The language in this notice is pretty suspect. I am very glad that I am not a FeedBurner user.

 “Service of FeedBurner publisher accounts will not be interrupted as a result of the acquisition by Google. You will have a 14-day interim period ending June 15, 2007 to opt-out of allowing Google to service your account. If you take no action by June 15, 2007, the rights to your data will transfer from FeedBurner to Google. Opting out will terminate your user agreement with FeedBurner, permanently delete your FeedBurner account, feeds, and all related statistical data and history, and prevent the transfer of your data rights to Google.”

The user was asking me how to get his users back on his blog RSS feed. First of all he is going to need the FeedBurner folks put in a permanent re-direct and then he is going to have to pray that the people update their RSS subscriptions if the feed reader does not support auto updating the feed.

One Comment

  1. From Paul Clifford at 7:23 am on June 6, 2007

    Todd, thought you’d like to know that when I linked to this post from my blog (TrinityDigitalMedia.com,
    I got this reply from Rick Klau at Google/Feedburner:

    “Paul – FYI, we’ve always worked hard to ensure our publishers remain in control of their feed and their subscribers at all times. See this post for details about how to have us redirect requests to your FeedBurner feed if you ever wish to leave the service; hopefully that allays any concerns you (or your readers) might have. As you point out, using a redirect is always a great idea, but not all bloggers have that option. Consequently, we want to provide additional protection so that people can leave at any time (though we sure hope they don’t!).

    Hope that helps,

    Rick Klau
    Google (FeedBurner)”

    Paul