Monday, February 16, 2009

Facebook Changes Terms of Service

Facebook recently updated their terms of service with a pretty serious change. They're betting that no one cares, and I think they're probably right. Whether or not people should care is another story. Here's what you agree to by using the facebook:

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

Wow. That was comprehensive. Even more so than nine sympathetic apathetic diabetic old men on roller skates with a marked propensity for procrastination and sloth.

The long and short of it is that by posting content on Facebook, you are giving the rights to that content to a private corporation, forever, without any recourse, and you can't have it back.

Do you think this is a privacy issue?


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