"gc_scout" <>
Sent: 3/21/2002 11:39:43 PM

Re: Public cache database project [II]

Neil R. Ormos wrote:
> One solution to this problem would be to collect
> cache log reports (generated by cache *hunters*) in addition
> to the normal postings by the cache hider or owner. Once a
> hunter finds a cache, its location, contents, difficulty,
> etc., are simply facts, it seems that the cache owner has no
> reasonable expectation that a hunter will hold those facts
> in confidence and not divulge them to other hunters.

I don't think the cache owner has ever been the one to worry about.
It's the pay-to-play site's CEO. His terms of service (hard to find,
by the way) deny you the right to publish any information you glean
from his Web site, including cache coordinates. If he could prove
that your log in the public cache database came from information you
gathered from his database, he could claim a violation of his terms
of service. I don't know whether he could win a lawsuit (I'm not a
lawyer :), but he could certainly cut off service to your IP address
and the IP address of anyone else posting in the public cache