Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Facebook - Statement of Rights and Responsibilities - Sharing Your Content and Information - Points 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Date of Last Revision: August 25, 2010.


Statement of Rights and Responsibilities


Sharing Your Content and Information


2: You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition: 

Interesting statement above. I control everything mmmmmm not really, the only way I can see to control my content and information is to share everything with myself and no one else under any circumstances.

1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos ("IP content"), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us 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"). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Okay so I own the content but give it away for nothing and can not control who uses it or where it may show up in the future.......mmmmm  A great need to be careful of who you share your content with - can you trust that if you delete your account, they will delete your posts - I do not think so.  Maybe I will stop sharing my work through twitter, blogspot and other sites that connect to facebook.  Guess I best read all the rules on the other sites too - This is going to take forever.   

 2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).

So what is a reasonable time? 

3. When you use an application, your content and information is shared with the application.  We require applications to respect your privacy, and your agreement with that application will control how the application can use, store, and transfer that content and information.  (To learn more about Platform, read our Privacy Policy and About Platform page.)

Okay I understand that my content and information is shared with applications available on facebook but there is more, the application is supposed to respect privacy and the like but I have to read yet another document for the platforms as well...yikes 

4. When you publish content or information using the "everyone" setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).

So, everyone setting means sharing for all to see on and off facebook, guess that means that if even my work, I am giving it away to the world - careful, careful! 

5. We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about Facebook, but you understand that we may use them without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).

Interesting to place that under the main heading.  Guess some must have asked for payment for feedback or suggestions.  Leaves it open though as statement seems to imply that you maybe compensated - well in my reading anyway

Only a tiny bit of the way through the statement of rights and responsibilities and already I need to find the privacy policy and the platform policy.  Still think I need a specialist lawyer or maybe just blindly accept all like so many others - maybe not, that is just not me:)

Question: How do those with learning disabilities, low level education and the like read and comprehend all this jargon? Have facebook and other platforms taken this into account when drawing up their policies and procedures?  Serious issues to consider here I believe.

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