Trillian vs. AOL

It's so nice to have Trillian back in full working order again, even if it's only temporary. I'm guessing AOL will find a way to block it again in the next day or so. But I've got a feeling that a couple of young developers have a lot more patience and resolve than the folks at Yahoo and MSN that tried their hand at this AIM network.

Now, IANAL, but this clause in the AIM software (and AIM service) license agreement gives me pause:

You may not create or use any software other than the Software provided by AOL to access the Service, without the express written authorization of AOL.
Now, I don't know about you, but I have not received any written authorization from AOL to use Trillian to access the AIM network. And I'm guessing that the good folks over at Cerulean haven't been granted permission to create software to do so.

That being the case, AOL could decide to say 'enough is enough' and simply start disabling or terminating screen names (AIM IDs) of people that are using any such unauthorized software. Certainly, they have the right to do so:

4. Termination. Should you breach this Agreement, your right to use the Service and the Software shall terminate immediately and without notice.

(Unfortunately I cannot find this document online or I would link to it.) So, it looks like we don't have much of a leg to stand on.

Don't like it? Sorry-- but you did agree to the license when you installed the software and created your AIM account.

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If they started banning names, they just plain annoy too many people. I'd personally never use AIM again, and I'm not some anti establishment guy.

Lauren said:

I know for a fact of at least 3 or 4 people who have been having some serious AIM problems anyway...I'm gonna try Trillian.

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