As I just wrote on Jeff’s blog, here’s how I feel:
Of course enforcement is another thing and then there’s always standard usage/practice, and then there’s how they apply what they’re saying they’re going to do. The company’s lawyers tell them what to put up and I would guess it’s usually as Draconian as they think they can get away with. Then, yes, people need to challenge it and we end up learning what the community value actually is, versus what the store wants to get away with in order to meet whatever objective they were trying to meet in the first place.
What is disappointing in ALL of this, the whole broad range of such things, is that if people had more common ideas of what was reasonable, we could make agreements – that if you do this, I’ll do that. If you don’t do this, I’m okay with not doing that. Whatever.
These waivers and disclaimers and policies reflect distrust. That is the saddest thing of all to me. That behavior gives rise to distrust and then everyone and everything gets swallowed up.
How’s that for pre-Rosh Hashana opining?
Yeah, that about covers it for me for now. The PD has some input from Case law school professor Lew Katz and the ACLU here.