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Facebook Owns You

How many of you ever read the terms of service? We sign up for so many things nowadays that it's too much trouble to sift through the hundreds of pages before clicking the "I Accept" checkbox to continue our subscription to online services or install downloaded software.

How does this sound:

"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..."

In other words, Facebook owns your account and everything in it, which for some people is an entire life.

And this is something Facebook just snuck in there since February 4th. Those of us who were members since before that day don't really get the option to "disagree now where I've agreed before", do we?



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Comment by Ralph van den Berg

Posted on 17 February, 2009
This is not the first time somebody blogged about this subject, and I sure as hell hope it won't be the last...

Comment by Ralph van den Berg

Posted on 18 February, 2009
A very quick come-back, Facebook reverts to an older version of their terms of service: "...e will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content. Facebook does not assert any ownership over your User Content; rather, as between us and you, subject to the rights granted to us in these Terms, you retain full ownership of all of your User Content and any intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights associated with your User Content."

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