Medium's Terms of Service: What You Should Know

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Medium's Terms of Service: What You Should Know

Whether you consume or contribute to Medium's content, you should review . Few people do, but the documents outline the type of content accepted, how Medium will use that content, and what personal information is retained. Hidden in those pages are clauses such as "your data may be stored in locations with different privacy laws." In other words, Medium's content is spread across multiple servers in different countries and is subject to the laws of that country.

If you want the peace of mind that comes from reading TOS without taking the time, consider DoNotPay's TOS online service that will review Medium's TOS for violations and potential compensation. The service will even draft demand letters to help file complaints.

Medium's Terms of Service

Medium is a blogging platform that invites writers to submit content and receive compensation. Individuals can view three articles per month for free for those who want to read articles. To read more than three requires a monthly subscription.

includes separate documents covering their Rules, TOS, and Privacy policies. You should review all three to ensure you agree with the stated conditions. Here is a brief overview of what Medium's TOS contains.

Terms of Service

Medium updated its TOS in September of 2020. The document incorporates its Rules and Privacy Policy by reference, so all three documents make up the TOS. Key components of the TOS document include:

  1. You must be 13 years of age or older.
  2. You must have legal rights to any submitted content.
  3. You own any content that is submitted.
  4. You license the use of your content to Medium.

The license gives Medium a "nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide fully-paid, and sublicensable license." That license lets Medium reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative work and display any name or likeness provided with the submitted content.

Rules

The rules were updated on May 26, 2021, with added restrictions on harassment, threatening content, or hate language. Any content that attempts to incite violence or knowingly provides disinformation is prohibited. Medium has a long-standing list of topics that are not allowed, such as articles on gambling, betting, or hacking.

Medium looks at the context and nature of the submission and the possibility and severity of harm when determining if a violation has occurred. Violations may result in account restrictions or account suspension.

Privacy Policy

Medium collects data from information provided with a submission from third parties and social media sites. If a user accesses Medium through another service such as Facebook or Google, the company will have access to information retained by those companies. The types of information include:

  • Activity. Medium collects data on reading history and link sharing.
  • Transaction. No financial information is stored. Only the purchase price, transaction date, and the item purchased are maintained.
  • Device. Medium uses trackers to identify the device and network used to access their service.
  • Tracking. Medium uses tracking technologies, such as cookies and web beacons to collect information.

These are the highlights of the multipage documents. Other topics include dispute settlements through arbitration and indemnification clauses. If you don't want to review the TOS, you can always pay an attorney to review the documents. Or, you could consider using DoNotPay's online service.

How DoNotPay Can Help With TOS Violations

If you want to review TOS but you don't know where to start, DoNotPay can help with the following five steps.

  1. Go to the Analyze Terms and Services product on DoNotPay.

  2. Enter the website domain you would like to scan.

  3. Wait for DoNotPay to identify any legal violations on the website (it should only take a few seconds!) If there are violations, proceed to drafting a demand letter.

  4. Enter how much you want to receive in compensation and the company name.

  5. Enter your contact information so the company can contact you.

DoNotPay will generate a demand letter for every legal violation identified on your behalf. If the company does not respond, you may need to take them to Small Claims Court. DoNotPay can help.

How DoNotPay Can Help Sue Medium for TOS violations

DoNotPay can help generate demand letters and escalate the case to Small Claims Court with its Sue Now product. Follow the link to learn more about filing a lawsuit in Small Claims Court.

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