16 February 2009

Facebook keeps your stuff even if you quit

Plink co-founder and Polaris Ventures partner Simeon Simeonov wrote a blog post regarding a recent change to the Facebook terms of service.  He links to this piece at Mashable which explains the changes that suggest Facebook owns what you've posted even if you deactivate your account.

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.



Joe LoRe said...

Subject only to your privacy settings? So they can only re-transmit as per my privacy settings?

Dan said...

Is it me, or does that seem absolutely insane?


G-Fav said...

Well, I don't know how to interpret it.

Today's C|Net News posted a clarification, as did Zuckerberg, "Facebook: Relax, we won't sell your photos."


Jules said...

Call me crazy but does any one smell a conspiracy? Or is this another way for the gov to secretly keep tabs on me again?:) What do you think easy pass and debit cards do? Hello? :)Next they will save our butt prints off the toilet!

Dan said...

Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For more information, visit the Facebook Blog.

If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

-The latest from the Facebook folks

G-Fav said...

Woah, it's like big brother reached in and left a message.


Jules said...

Weird.. I mention conspiracy and they change their minds! :0