Facebook Owns Our Content?


Interesting article in The Consumerist with commentary by Ad Age Digital.

Seems that Facebook owns the content of our Facebook page.

According to the Chris Walters article: “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.”
It’s a complex subject, explained in this article and in many responses, including Mark Zuckerberg’s.
The bottom line is the same as it has always been: If you post something — anywhere — figure on it being available  forever.
Actually I’m not sure why there’s such a big stir.  The announcement in Facebook’s Terms of Service simply underscores what was true from the very first email post in the dark ages of the 20th century: Hit the send or upload button and you’ve lost control of your post and your privacy.
It’s an old message, but obviously one that needs to be shared over and over.

You may create the message, but once it’s out there the question of ownership is as vast, unruly and vaccilating as the evolving cyberspace itself.

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5 responses to “Facebook Owns Our Content?

  1. Andrei's random2pixels.wordpress.com

    Facebook can do whatever they like with the content on our pages after we delete the account? Then before you delete the account delete all picture albums and modify all data.
    Facebook is useless anyway and a place for gossip, a place where everyone sees who X and Y are sleeping with and a place where you see what other are doing at a precise time via status. There are many ways to keep in touch with your friends. Had it not been for my girlfriend I would have been long gone from the “Book of Faces”.

  2. This isn’t correct anymore.

    Facebook reverted to their old TOS a few days ago, after a public outcry last week (from the boingboing, slashdot, and facebook crowds).

    It’s still worth noting that the EULA’s often work in ridiculous concessions to “computing on the cloud” w/r to privacy and content ownership.
    Check out the EULA on turnitin.com, for example.

  3. Thanks for the correction and update, Aaron. I’ll check out the EULA.

  4. no problem!

    I think your blog post points out a very good moral in our modern day cloud-computing society. Although Facebook rescinded their EULA changes, other sites haven’t — so what you wrote is still very relevant, and something of which we should all be vigilant.

  5. Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

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