Kelly Irvin kellso@irvincentral.com
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:51:49 PDT
I do not mean to belabor the point, but Snopes clarifies the facts 
about Facebook privacy policy. Though this link deals with a specific 
misunderstanding about the law, it also clarifies what Facebook owns 
and does not own.


Quoted below are the most directly related statements to the 
discussion here...

> There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change 
> related to ownership of users' information or the content they post 
> to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and 
> controls the content and information they post, as stated in our 
> terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That 
> is our policy, and it always has been. Click here to learn more - 
> http://www.facebook.com/policies/ .
> Similarly, ABC News reported:
> [Users worried that] Facebook will own their photos or other media 
> are posting [a frightful message] — unaware that it is a hoax. 
> Here's the truth: Facebook doesn't own your media.
> "We have noticed some statements that suggest otherwise and we 
> wanted to take a moment to remind you of the facts -- when you post 
> things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them," Facebook 
> spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement. "Under our, 
> https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/ , terms you grant Facebook 
> permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, 
> subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings."
> Brad Shear, a Washington-area attorney and blogger who is an expert 
> on social media, said the message [that Facebook users are posting 
> to their walls is] "misleading and not true." He said that when you 
> agree to Facebook's terms of use you provide Facebook a 
> "non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use 
> any content you post. You do not need to make any declarations about 
> copyright issues since the law already protects you.  The privacy 
> declaration [in this message] is worthless and does not mean anything."
> As /techtalk/ noted of Facebook users' current privacy rights:
> The fact is 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)."
> Facebook adds, "[t]his 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."
> While the social network does not technically own its members 
> content, it has the right to use anything that is not protected with 
> Facebook's privacy and applications settings. For instance, photos, 
> videos and status updates set to public are fair game.

No need to fear. Have a good weekend.

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
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