May 21, 2009
The SAP Developer Network (SDN) community was launched over six years ago to serve the needs and interests of developers and IT professionals who work with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform and related technologies. Today, we have a vibrant network of multiple communities (SDN, the Business Process Expert community, the SAP BusinessObjects community, the University Alliances community), each serving the needs of different roles in our global ecosystem. We count more than 1.6 million registered members in the SAP community network.
Started as a purely developer-focused community, the SAP community network has grown into a very broad and robust global landscape of developers, system administrators, business analysts and business process experts, report designers, business users, university students, professors, IT architects, and other technology professionals, as well as partners. Over the years, the environment around us has changed, including the legal, privacy, intellectual property, and other formal structures that govern our online collaboration in professional social networks.
Q: What is the Privacy Statement?
In order for SAP to effectively distribute your content across the globe to all of our members, partners, and customers via our community resources, Web sites, newsletters, and other channels, you grant SAP a worldwide license to use and redistribute this content of yours. Much else is covered in this broad document, which likely has terms similar to the TOU click-thru agreements you see on other Web sites, online services, and virtual community resources.
Q: Have you had a TOU before for the SAP community network members?
A: Previously, there was no official or required TOU - just "community guidelines." Growth in the community along with evolving rules and regulations for privacy, intellectual property, and the like necessitated this change.
Q: What is different?
A: Over the years, the environment around us has changed, including the legal, privacy, intellectual property, and other formal structures that govern our online collaboration in professional social networks. In response to this and the rapid growth in membership and services offered by the SAP community network, it became necessary to protect our individual community members, SAP, partners, and other participants. The TOU and Privacy Statement are much more thorough and clear than the original "community guidelines." We believe they will help the network remain a vibrant community of people committed to sharing and discovering beneficial content. All parties using the SAP community network will agree to abide by the same TOU, which establish proper, inappropriate, and prohibited (spam, porn, hate speech, etc.) use creating a clear, level playing field to maintain a positive experience for all community members.
Q: What should I expect?
A: As an SAP community network member you will receive a pop-up notice the week of May 25, 2009, asking you to read and click-thru the TOU and Privacy Statement agreements in order to accept the updated policies and updated legal links at the bottom of the SAP community network pages . When you see the pop-up next week, please read it and agree to the terms in order to remain an active member.
Members should notice no change in our attitude or approach to management of the communities. The SAP community network team will continue to run the community Web sites in a professional and responsible way that is consistent with SAP policy and all applicable laws, and, in the spirit of true community, always considering how we can best benefit our members.
Q: Why has SAP updated the TOU and Privacy Statement now?
A: Many factors such as the passage of time since the initial launch, evolution of various country laws, emergence of behavioural patterns, explosive growth of the community and number of members, and the scope of the services offered prompted SAP to evaluate the original "community guidelines." SAP conducted an extensive18-month study evaluating other TOU documents, best practices, mistakes, and country requirements in order to get every detail as "right" as possible. Significant time and effort was also spent discussing various details with prominent members of the community in order to clarify, explain, and modify the terms where needed. In order to balance the needs and protect the various stakeholders (individual community members, SAP, our partners, and independent third parties), SAP will issue a full-fledged TOU and Privacy Statement.
We believe the new TOU and Privacy Statement are balanced and clear and will help the SAP community network remain a vibrant community of people committed to sharing and discovering beneficial content. All parties using the SAP community network will agree to abide by the same TOU, which establish proper, inappropriate, and prohibited (spam, porn, hate speech, etc.) use creating a clear, level playing field to maintain a positive experience for all community members.
Q: What will happen if I do not accept the TOU and Privacy Statement?
A: If you choose not to accept the TOU and Privacy Statement, you can still read and consume SAP community network content, but you will not be allowed to post or download.
Q: What should I do if I have concerns with something related to the TOU or use of my intellectual property?
A: SAP believes that Intellectual Property Rights is by far the issue of most concern to our community members. Therefore, we have made certain that it states very clearly in the new SAP community network TOU that you shall retain ownership of all content you submit, and nothing in this agreement shall prohibit you from selling or licensing your content to any other party. Much else is covered in the TOU, which likely has terms similar to the TOU click-thru agreements you see on other Web sites, online services, and virtual community resources.
Q: What are the current TOU/SAP community network guidelines?
- Privacy Statement
- Copyright Statement
- How to Contribute which contains information and links to Getting Started, Guidelines, and more...
Q: What will happen if SAP changes the TOU in the future?
A: SAP reserves the right to make changes to this TOU and to modify, change or discontinue any part or all of the SAP community network and/or the Services at any time. SAP may notify members of any changes to the TOU, the SAP community network, and/or the services when visiting the SAP community network, via e-mail, or by updating the TOU, which can be viewed via the Legal Terms link on SAP community network. SAP may make changes to its products, service offerings, and SAP software at any time, without notice.
The most current version of this TOU can be accessed by clicking "Legal TERMS," which is included on the bottom of EACH Web page comprising the SAP community network.