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AWS' exhaustive terms of service covers zombie outbreaks

As companies are pushing more of their data to the cloud, it pays to read through the Terms of Service of your mission critical data's future home. It could impact everything from uptime and availability to which countries' police can demand access to your data. In Amazon's case, the AWS Terms of Service even gives you extra rights in the event of a zombie outbreak.

The updated terms cover Amazon's recently launched Lumberyard games engine. Reasonably enough, perhaps, Amazon states that Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat.

Kind of weird that it has to be specified, but can see Amazon lawyers not wanting to be on the hook for using a game engine for anything that impacts the real world. And then things get weird:

However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

Good to know.

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