Update DEC 05 2008 I’ve made my peace with Facebook and reactivated my group account. I’ve also created a JAN SHIM PHOTOGRAPHY page as a means to keep contacts updated via the FB network.
Update NOV 25 2008 FACEBOOK WIN $873 MILLION IN DAMAGES
FACEBOOK HITS 10 BILLION PHOTOScompared to nearest rivals Photobucket at 6.2 billion and Flickr at 2 billion. According to this article, “Facebook stores four image sizes for each uploaded photo, so that’s over 40 billion files stored altogether.” WOW! :O Undeniably, Facebook is today the most successful social utility portal and with that many photos stored in their domain, has it occurred to you that your images may be at risk of being used unethically and illegally?
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The last portion of the clause is a joke, “Facebook does not assert any ownership over your User Content” They do not need to, you have already granted them 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” and have profited from your blindsided generousity!
For those of you on FB who added me just before I pulled the plug and those whose private messages I hadn’t responded—my apologies—the account has been deactivated. For now I see no real benefit to have it reactivated and if and when I do have a change of heart, it’ll likely be sterile! With multiple copies of my “mirrored” content in their archives, I may have to take the extra step to have it permanently deleted.
Concerns have also been raised regarding the difficulty of deleting user accounts. Previously, Facebook only allowed users to “deactivate” their accounts so that their profile was no longer visible. However, any information the user had entered into the website and on their profile remained on the website’s servers. This outraged many users who wished to remove their accounts permanently, citing reasons such as the inability to erase “embarrassing or overly-personal online profiles from their student days as they entered the job market, for fear employers would locate the profiles”. Facebook changed its account deletion policies on February 29, 2008, allowing users to contact the website to request that their accounts be permanently deleted.
Now, is it me or do the above “network nodes” look like baby bottle silicone nipples to you too? Has Facebook suckered the world into letting one’s guard down? For their help to “connect and share with the people in your life” you inadvertently relinquish your rights and give up your privacy. That sounds fair! F A C E B O O K might as well stand for FREE ACCESS COPYRIGHTED E-BOOK!
- Facebook New Privacy Measures Problems Already
- Facebook Rights Grab How Far Does It Go
- Facebook and Copyright
- Facebook and The Law 8 Things To Know
- LightStalkers.org: Copyright Grab by Facebook
- How The Rights To Your Photos Are Being Hijacked Through Photo Contests
- British Journal of Photography: Facebook Criticised for Copyright Stance
- Sophos.com: Dangers of irresponsible behaviour on social networking sites