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By Ondi Timoner | December 26, 2013

Terms and Conditions May Apply is a documentary looking closer at the small print that accompanies user agreements, and how these contracts are used to manipulate users into signing away their rights. We look at the film, plus its trailer, and get the story behind the production with director Cullen Hoback in this BYOD full length episode.

Watch new episodes of BYOD live each week on Tuesdays at noon on TheLip.TV, or tune in for the archived replay starting here on the following Thursday.

BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.

Cullen Hoback grew up on the outskirts of Los Angeles, and when he was 17 he started his own public access late night TV show, but was kicked off the air after making a series of social statements that drew angry phone calls from locals. Trying to bring light to strange and unfamiliar topics became a common theme for Hoback. Throughout college he produced multiple short films, as well as a feature when digital cameras first became available.

When he was 21 he shot what would become the 55-minute FREEDOM STATE, a heartfelt comedy that follows a cast of misfits to the edge of the world. His other narrative feature is FRICTION, a film about people at a summer camp who play out a scripted tale as the line between fantasy and reality blurs.

In 2007, he was given a small budget to direct the LARPing documentary MONSTER CAMP, which showed social outcasts banding together to create a community where magic is real, and identity is limited only by one’s imagination. In 2011, Hoback was able to return to his forte of documentary filmmaking when he was given adequate resources to create TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY.


00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
01:00 Introducing Cullen Hoback.
03:00 How Google and Facebook are using our identity without our permission.
05:30 Terms and Conditions May Apply.
08:00 Mark Zuckerberg has harsh words for Facebook users.
12:00 Terms and Conditions May Apply: Opening of the film.
20:20 Edward Snowden and the people who are fighting for our rights.
22:00 Terms and Conditions May Apply: “Total Information Awareness” surveillance program.
25:00 Deleting your Facebook account and the idea that humans are being trapped.
31:40 Terms and Conditions May Apply: How our information is being used against us.
42:00 Terms and Conditions May Apply: 1222 pages by Max Schrem.
45:00 Thanks and goodbye.

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