Facebook Owns You

If you’re just a teeny weeny bit like me, you don’t like the idea of Facebook owning your content AFTER you’ve closed your account. That’s why I’ve joined this group on… er… Facebook, and you should too.

What’s the fuss? Well, we’ve grown accustomed to owning our content ourselves; that was the deal according to the old Terms Of Service (TOS). But with the new TOS, it’s a different story:

“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.”

Learn more from  Erick Schonfeld on TechCrunch.

Update (February 18th, 2009): Over at Slashdot Ian Lamont has news about Facebook’s measures to contain the ToS fallout.

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