Facebooking Photographers Beware!

Thanks to Jim Goldstein, I’ve just learned about Facebook’s disrespect for rights of ownership. In other words, if you’ve posted your photographs on Facebook, Facebook is claiming rights to use those photographs under their Terms of Use. Consequently, I’ve removed my photographs from Facebook and do not plan to upload any others until their Terms of Use change in a way that respects artist’s and owner’s rights.

From Facebook’s Terms of Use:
“By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing. 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.”

Read much more about this topic on Jim Goldstein’s blog.

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