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    facebooks owns me (and you too)

    Samuel Mortimer
    Feb 17, '09 9:27 PM EST

    Facebook's terms of service have recently changed to grant itself "perpetual" license to "use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, [and] adapt" any content you've ever uploaded, including the option to "use your name, likeness and image for any purpose".

    It appears they are about to be subject to a federal complaint. I feel like I have a good enough understanding of the internet to assume this is the case with anything uploaded to the world wide web. However, it is a little scary that this is now something I have legally agreed to.

    PC World: Facebook Privacy Change Sparks Federal Complaint



      ok, odd but the user agreement also makes provisions for intellectual property. So I'm ok with it.

      "your User Content; rather, as between us and you, subject to the rights granted to us in these Terms, you retain full ownership of all of your User Content and any intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights associated with your User Content."

      Feb 18, 09 12:32 am  · 


      That makes sense, but I believe the issue specifically regards what happens to your content once you choose to terminate your account.

      I would assume that if the solution were this easy, the EPIC along with a host of other privacy advocates (not to mention the news media) wouldn't even be talking about this.

      Feb 18, 09 12:52 am  · 

      Nothing is relinquished iirc. FB do not in any way own your work or the copyright to it, they merely retain a license to it. It's no different than if you placed some photos on a stock image site, and someone bought a license to use them in a commercial endeavour. The only difference is that you are not selling the license, you are giving it to FB as a condition of using the site.

      Also, a point to note is that they haven't made their current users sign or click to accept the new terms, therefore any terms introduced after the user signed up are legally worthless.

      It's still bad that new users have to agree to this, but existing users should be safe.

      Feb 18, 09 1:44 am  · 
       · of this morning they've reverted back to their previous ToS. Nice to know they listen, at least.

      Feb 18, 09 3:02 am  · 


      I agree that I have given them that license, but like most social networking sites function, facebook should relinquish that when i terminate my account. That is the issue.

      I would also disagree with you concerning the legality of the terms of service. The moment you sign into the site after the terms have been altered constitutes an agreement to abide by the current terms of service.

      Thankfully facebook has reverted to their old TOS agreements in the past few hours, so no worries.

      Other than the fact that loads of personal information and photos of me and millions of other people are floating around on the internet. But that's what we signed up for, right?

      I guess we shouldn't be complaining.

      Feb 18, 09 3:04 am  · 

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School blog of BArch student Samuel Mortimer kept from 2008 - 2011. Mostly late-night musings of the studio, but with an emphasis of the events of the College of Architecture and Design and University of Tennessee on the whole. Later blogs discuss participation in the New Norris House project, as both a student and researcher hired after graduation.

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