Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Facebook is EVIL!

For those of you who upload your artwork to Facebook and who haven't read the T&Cs, you may not be aware that you are agreeing to giving Facebook a license to use your images for their own mareting use etc.

As of the 4th February 2009, these terms changed.
If you haven't heard about it, it's because Facebook didn't tell anyone! Sneaky...grrrrrrrr!

The main issues are that you are now agreeing to give them a license to do whatever they want with your work and personal data INCLUDING the right to sublicense (pass on to other companies) for whatever use they see fit.
It also allows them to adapt and make derivitive works of your work - they may as well be demanding your copyright!
The clause that previously existed stating that the licesnse would terminate when you removed your work has also been removed, so the license you now agree to, is perpetual.

This also includes any work you link via RSS or IP feeds from any other site such as your blog or Flickr.

Facebook's main offending paragraph of the Terms of Service read:

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. You represent and warrant that you have all rights and permissions to grant the foregoing licenses.

This T&C's apply to content that you have removed from the site too as they keep a backup of everything. Visit the Facebook Help pages for details on having backed up information removed.

For more information, please see Marketingvox or the Facebook T&C pages.

EDIT: 19th February 2009

Haha! What a surprise! Facebook have rescinded their new T&C's and have reverted them back to what they originally were (prior to the 4th February 2009) after so many people cancelled their accounts and complained!

The old T&C's for images are still not as good as they could be so make sure you read them before you upload anything!

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