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The agreements resolve legal concerns and conditions having to do with liability, endorsements, advertisements, freedom of information, and governing law.
The GSA previously signed agreements with Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, and blip.tv
As an example of the kind of disputes being resolved in these agreements, Federal Computer Week reported in January about then-ongoing negotiations with YouTube:
YouTube's contract stipulates that a state court in San Mateo County, Calif., would decide disputes. However, the federal government would not consent to being sued in a nonfederal court, said Mark McCreary, a partner at the law firm Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia. His practice focuses on intellectual property and Internet law.
The federal government likely needs Google, which owns YouTube, to agree to have disputes heard in federal court or through some type of arbitration process, McCreary said.
"Government negotiators will not subject the U.S. government to state courts," he said. "It is probably constitutionally impermissible." Stipulations that indemnify YouTube against legal and other challenges are also likely a concern to government officials, he added.
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