Dassault Systemes launches a new blog, "3D Perspectives: A casual talk about 3D & innovation out of the cloud."
Official Blogger Kate Bourdet writes casually enough in her early postings, describing Dassault's philosophy, design, and so on. DS tends to be one of the more secretive CAD companies, and so I looked forward to reading this new blog.
But when it comes time to read the blog and leave comments, look out!
Beware the Blog Chart
Blogging is all about conversation, but lawyers hired by Dassault have effectively shut it down. Before reading a single word, you have to agree to the Blog Chart (whatever that means. Sounds like something from Monty Python's Holy Grail: "To complete this task, you -- must -- read -- the -- Chart!" "Oh no, not the Chart!").
The Chart, it starts off bad...
By visiting the Blog, by using the Blog and by uploading content, you agree to be bound by the following Chart [the what?]. If you do not agree with any of the terms of this Chart [the what?], please do not use the Blog.
...and it gets worse...
8. Any user of the Blog may report to DS any Content or any comment in one of the Blog [sic] that he [sic] believes constitute [sic] an offense by sending a notification by Registered Letter Return Receipt Requested at [sic] the following address: Dassault Systèmes, DS “PR and Media Relation” Department, Attn Kate Bourdet, 10 rue Marcel Dassault CS 40501, 78946 Vélizy-Villacoublay. This notification must be dated and must include:
- The lastname, firstname, profession, address, nationality, date & place of birth of the user and, if corporation [sic]: legal form, corporate name, registered office, representative ;
- A description of the offense reported and the exact URL or a description of where the alleged offense is located ;
- A statement by you of the merits of your request to withdraw the alleged content (with the facts & legal texts related to this request);
- Whether a copy of the mail sent [sic] previously to the author or to the editor of the alleged content requiring withdrawal or modification, or the justification [sic] that the author or editor couldn’t be reached.
Whatever happened to leaving comments, objecting to the comments of others -- aka, "freewheeling blog discussion"? (cf: PTC users angry about my comments on the sale of the company.)
Not in the rarefied air surrounding Vélizy-Villacoublay, France, apparently, where the right of free speech (aka dissent) seems to have become a legal matter to be smothered by bureaucratic paperwork and wrapped tightly in red tape.
Here's a free tip for Dassault: blogging software allows you to delete offensive comments. You can even preview comments before they are posted. No Registered-Letter-Return-Receipt-Requested required.
I don't agree to the Chart (the what?); I'm not reading the writings of Mme Bourdet.