Facebook Owns You, Forever - The Intrepid

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Facebook Owns You, Forever

Facebook Owns You

You know that embarrassing picture you uploaded to Facebook—the one where you’re a) smoking a joint, b) posing for a cleavage shot, c) drunk off your ass—well guess what, Facebook now owns the permanent rights to that photo, and anything else you’ve ever uploaded. Under Facebook’s old TOS (Terms of Service), any rights to your image or information expired if you closed your account. But now, Facebook can use or sell your information as they see fit, even after you've deleted your account.

Here’s original TOS text:

You are solely responsible for the User Content that you Post on or through the Facebook Service. 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.
And here’s what Facebook just added:
The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other.
As the Consumerist noted when it first posted this story: “Make sure you never upload anything you don't feel comfortable giving away forever, because it's Facebook's now.”

Original image of the bars and lock by Seany2000.

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