Their EULA states that no user is allowed to uploadÂ â€œnudity of any sort, including full or partial human nudity, or nudity in nonhuman forms such as cartoons, fantasy art or mangaâ€. Further more the system won’t allow you to upload any files that containÂ â€œpornographyâ€, â€œvulgarityâ€, â€œprofanityâ€,â€gratuitous violenceâ€.Â
If you planned to take screenshots of your favorite kill shot in a popular video game where blood goes everywhere, you should probably not try to upload it to SkyDrive. Similar situation for artist out there that do nude photography or artwork. Don’t even think about uploading a funny nudism cartoon or nude space woman.
When Ventur Beat attempted to get an answer from Microsoft on why the EULA is so specific and detailed against any and all nudity, the spokesperson had this to say –
Any content we find to be in violation of our Code of Conduct is subject to removal â€” and in rare cases, can lead to temporary or permanent shutdown of an account. We understand no system is perfect. Thatâ€™s why we are constantly improving our ability to ensure the privacy, security and availability of our usersâ€™ data around the world.
Of course there are EULA’s for all cloud storage systems. In a nut shell they are –
- Dropbox – Don’t break the law
- Box – Don’t break the law
- SugarSync – Don’t break the law. Upload anything for personal use just don’t share/distribute obscene content
- Google Drive – Â NoÂ â€œpublishingâ€ (read: sharing) content that includes sexually explicit material, bullying, violence, and more.
So the four mentioned above are pretty open. If you legally obtained what you are storing, don’t violate DMCA or other federal, state or local laws you are good to go. But if you upload a photo of you and your wife a clothing free resort with nothing but a smile and a margarita, chances are your SkyDrive account will be shut down. Don’t laugh, a German photographerÂ (the picture above) got his account into some hot water because he did a photo shoot with a couple using his HD7 and they were uploaded to his SkyDrive account for laterÂ processingÂ and use.
We can fully understand the need for some sort of protection from storing and sharing DMCA files, applications, crack files and child pornography. We just don’t understand how private files of explicit nature that we may or may not have stored in the cloud is any business of Microsoft’s or anyone else.
Let’s hear from our readers? Will this EULA from Microsoft for SkyDrive keep you from using the service with Windows 8 and your Android device when the app launches? Will you be scared that an image you upload might be to risque for Microsoft and get you banned? Or perhaps you write-up a letter telling your boss off and it contains a lot of profanity and you store it. All of which would get you noticed by the eye in the sky and potentially get your account shut down. Oh, lets not forget to mention, this is built into the Window-Live code of conduct. Meaning you XBox Live account would be in jeopardy, your Outlook account, Windows-Live mail and anything else that is connected to it.