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A very old saying Caveat Emptor or in english "Buyer Beware" or in the case of Facebook, should I say to all 175 Million users in over 30 languages "Facebook User Beware". They just changed there term of service agreement and they own your content. Yes I said that correctly, if you put something on Facebook, you are giving facebook rights to it forever.
This is a scary thought. The lawyers will have a field day to this and rightly so, Think of all the people who use Facebook. Celebrities all the way to the average Joe. I am not sure this is a reasonable stance for Facebook to take.
It use to be once you removed something from Facebook their rights to the information expired. With this most recent change, they own rights to the pictures, comments forever. My hat goes off to The Consumerist who discovered this and is publishing this fact out to the world.
Here is a portion of that article...
By Chris Walters,
6:14 PM on Sun Feb 15 2009
Facebook's terms of service
(TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any
rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire.
Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be
used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you
do later. Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still
has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want.
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.
That language is the same as in the old TOS, but there was an important couple of lines at the end of that section that have been removed:
You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you
choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will
automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may
retain archived copies of your User Content.
To read the entire article....
The Consumerist Facebook New Terms of Service
I will end this blog as I started it...
A very old saying Caveat Emptor or in english "Buyer Beware" or in the case of Facebook, should I say to all 175 Million users in over 30 languages "Facebook User Beware".
After this blog came out, Facebook commented on this recent change to the terms of service....
Posted Michael Corey,
Founder & CEO, Ntirety
If your company takes credit card information on a Massachusetts resident then this law affects you. It does not matter where your company is located; once you touch Massachusetts Residents information this new law effect you. Get the facts!
Ntirety | Gesmer Updegrove LIVE Webinar
"Changing the way you do business: Massachusetts to Enforce Sweeping New Data Protection Standards"
SAVE THE DATE - March 3rd - 10 AM - 11 AM EST
In October 2008, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts introduced
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residents. Unlike the data breach notifications laws enacted by most
states (including Massachusetts), these regulations were not confined
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regulations impose a comprehensive new regime designed to prevent data
The regulations apply to any entities that handle Massachusetts
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meaning virtually all Massachusetts businesses and many businesses
outside of the Commonwealth are affected.
During this web event, Joe Laferrera, a Partner at Gesmer Updegrove
LLP, will speak about these regulations in detail, walking through the
various requirements for both electronic and paper records. He will
also address related issues such as:
- How will the regulations be applied to organizations outside Massachusetts?
- What are the risks of non-compliance?
- How will factors such as the size of a business or the nature of the personal information be considered?
After his presentation there will be an interactive question and answer period.
About the speaker
Joseph Laferrera is a litigation partner at the Boston law firm of
Gesmer Updegrove LLP, where he concentrates on serving technology
companies and emerging businesses. He also heads the firm's Employment
Law Department, where he provides providing counseling and litigation
assistance to both employers and executives.
In addition, Mr. Laferrera leads the firm's Privacy and Data
Security Law practice areas, and has written and spoken extensively on
these issues for the Boston business and legal communities. Presently,
Mr. Laferrera co-chairs the Privacy Law Committee of the Boston Bar
For more information about this event please contact Chris Perry of Ntirety, Inc. at 781-474-7735.
Posted Michael Corey,
Founder & CEO, Ntirety