The popular social networking website, Facebook recently changed their Terms of Service, giving the network rights to all of your content, even if you delete your account. Anything you have ever uploaded, posted, or commented is property of Facebook and can be used anyway they see fit, including sublicensing.
The former policy states that all User Content could be removed from the site at anytime and the licensing agreement would expire.
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. You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.
Yet the new policy replaces the bold clause, with one that extends the companies rights even after termination.
The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other.
As members become aware of the change in policy, many are using the website to organize their voice. However appropriate, a facebook group against facebook policies seems to be a rather paradoxical approach to protest. Yet, with enough numbers this may prove to be the one group to actually make a difference to anything. Until then, the pictures of you drunk at the bar, the cute little messages sent to your girlfriend, and the top 25 list about yourself are forever the property of Facebook.
After weeks of outcry and disapproval, Facebook groups proved that their strength in number couldn’t be ignored.Facebook announced Wednesday they will be revoking their new Terms of Service and revert to previous conditions.Stick it to the man Facebook user!