Last Updated Mar 19, 2008 12:51 PM EDT
But, after a broad rebellion by Mixi users, the company has backtracked. Today, the company has a new announcement on the site that all user-created content belongs to the creator.
Although the initial reactions from users are somewhat skeptical, the legal ambiguities we reported in our earlier coverage appear to have been resolved.
Influential Japanese blogger, Tomohiro Machiyama is posting today that the company's retreat can allow Mixi users some "peace of mind," but notes, "If so much noise hadn't been made (by users), I question if the (offensive) clauses would have been modified."
Mixi's original plan was to implement control over users' IP on April Fool's Day, and that is no joke.