As reported at The Consumerist.com, “Facebook’s New Terms Of Service: “We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever” Below is an excerpt from the blog post. I suggest you read the article for the specific changes to the Facebook TOS.
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. Not anymore. 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.
What does this mean for you as a camp director? As was always the case with facebook, when you upload photos, videos, etc. they had the right to repurpose anything – they can now do this even if you take your content down or close your account. As with anything on the internet or any web service, read the TOS to determine if you are giving away rights to your content. Will this come into play in my lifetime of facebook use? Probably not. Most of my photos are pretty mundane, not very reproduction worthy. My staff and campers all sign releases for the use of their image by us – not sure if they realize that this also means facebook can now use their image if I upload their photo to the camp page.
Amanda L. French, Ph.D. has put together a great post comparing TOS across various services like myspace, linked-In, etc. Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter
Will this change your uploading habits? Do you post your camp photos on facebook? What about video?
Update Feb 17, 2009 – After a community uproar – twitter backs down – read Mark Zuckerberg’s blog post