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Guest Commentary: Facebook Guidelines.


A good friend of mine posted what I think has to be a response to the latest hoax which has some thinking that Facebook going public means that earlier copyright agreement are negated.

CBSNews notes that ” Facebook members own the intellectual property (IP) that is uploaded to the social network, but depending on their privacy and applications settings, users grant the social network “a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License).”

I found this witty and bang on. Remember folks, if you really want to protect your intellectual property, use the intelligence in your head to see the best way to do this.

Facebook Canada had to take to the social airwaves today to also post about the hoax. Sometimes the sheer blindness of what people believe without checking the facts astounds me.

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that I remember clicking the little “I have read and agree to the Facebook Terms and Conditions” checkbox when I joined this website and that I have therefore already given my consent for any of my personal content to be used by Facebook in any manner and that it’s a little too late to start whining about it now. Facebook is now a publicly traded entity, which means that they, among other things, have more money than me and can afford bigger, better, and more rabid lawyers.
I hereby acknowledge that Facebook’s draconian legal team spent and spends considerably more time, energy, and attention drafting, compiling, and updating their legal relationship with subscribers than I did when I joined Facebook at the tail end of a lunch hour while eating a Rice Krispie square and typing with my right pinky finger. I hereby also declare that, due to the terms and conventions of common sense, if I were to generate valuable intellectual property, I would protect it, and not post it immediately to Facebook like a prat.
I now state clearly and unequivocally that I have noticed a direct correlation between the amount of personal information about me available on Facebook and the amount of personal information about me that I voluntarily placed on Facebook. I now make it known that I will pay the hell attention when entering into legal agreements in the future and that I won’t automatically click checkboxes and then complain to everyone about the consequences of my haste at great length later. If I at any point in the future seem unhappy with my relationship with Facebook, I will at least acknowledge that I take full responsibility for my actions in joining this Trojan horse of a website, and that I won’t post inane attempts to undo my actions in the form of unsubstantiated, run-on status updates, without the help of my lawyer, on a timeline under the very control of the entity that I’m complaining about.
Feel free to copy and paste this status onto your timeline, but for Christ’s sake please leave my credit for writing this intact or Facebook is going to steal it, my house, my pets, and my mortal soul.
-Andrew Grantham


Well said.