Big news a few days ago was the facebook changed their terms of service agreement to basically say they can do whatever they want with your content…forever. As the Consumerist clearly points out, among one of the changes was this:
“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.”
a.k.a they own your soul. The image below that my pal @gumshoo sent over, pretty much explains it all.
eh, not so fast. Mark Zuckerberg or M Zizzle as I call him (ya, I’m cool like that) has decided to change their terms of service BACK to the way they were. According to the Facebook Master (yes Mark): (also here on techcrunch)
“Going forward, we’ve decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don’t plan to leave it there for long.”
So that means everything is fine and dandy right? ah hah you fools! How dare you think that facebook would let you get off the hook so easy. Marky Mark also cleverly added in that their will be another addition of the TOS soon with substantial changes coming:
“Our next version will be a substantial revision from where we are now. It will reflect the principles I described yesterday around how people share and control their information, and it will be written clearly in language everyone can understand. Since this will be the governing document that we’ll all live by, Facebook users will have a lot of input in crafting these terms.”
Basically facebook said, “yes we are going to screw you over and keep your content forever…just not yet.” Hmm, how’s myspace doing these days…?
Thoughts? I know you’ve got ’em!