The next chapter….
It now appears that FaceBook are back-stepping as fast as they can and have retracted their new TOS and have reverted back the the pre Feb 4th version. However, they are telling us that they still intend to make changes but will now give more thought! Surely ‘more thought’ should have come before the horse went galloping out of the stable?
What they need to understand is quite basic. Just because they provide a platform for us to supply information and the like to our friends, or even prospective clients, it doesn’t give them the right to have use of any of my scribblings, photos, jokes, music or whatever.
As I see it (and I may be wrong here) FaceBook will make a lot of money from all the advertising on their site. Advertisers will only pay to be seen on the site, if the site is successful, the site will only be successful because of the quality or otherwise, of our scribblings, photos etc.
Let’s see what is the next step.
Below is a statement I received today on my Facebook page:
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.
I have just read a very interesting article on Fox about Facebook.
It is really quite unbelievable that in this day in the 21st Century that anyone, can take what is your personal property (intellectual or otherwise) and basically do whatever they like with it, without even consulting you. All because they listed it in their Terms of Service (TOS), which we all accepted when we joined and ticked the little box.
So that is it for me, I am taking all my stuff off and closing the account! Which would normally be OK, except in this instance, Facebooks’ TOS say’s that they have your material in perpetuity, even after you have taken it down, they have the right to archive the material and use it as and when they choose.
Apparently, in the old version of their TOS it stated that once you had left you were OK, your ‘stuff’ left with you. But this was prior to Feb 4th. Anything left on the site after that date is theirs to do with as they like.
Anyone who has anything they feel is of value (intellectual copyright) should be sure to read this article.
Check it out for yourself.