Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Difference of attitude..

Being careful with what you do while online and where you do it is becoming more and more important. Compare for example the term of service from Facebook and from Picasaweb regarding the rights to the content uploaded:

Facebook terms
[...]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.
Picasaweb legal notes
Google does not claim any ownership in any of the content, including any text, data, information, images, photographs, music, sound, video, or other material, that you upload, transmit or store in your Picasa account. We will not use any of your content for any purpose except to provide you with the Service.

Which one do you thing has more respect for content creators? When someone uploads anything into Facebook (even just a message) a licence is automatically granted to Facebook to whatever it wants with that content and the copyright owner of that content can't even decide to terminate the license (if someone else shared the content then Facebook keeps having a license to do whatever it wants).

Google on the other hand makes it very clear that no special rights are given to Google by using the Picasaweb.

This is my interpretation. I might be completely wrong but it sure doesn't look like Facebook is a proper place to share anything but very low quality stuff... which actually, if you use Facebook, is what it's happening. Most content on Facebook is define by it's low quality, both in technical term as well as content (artistic, intellectual, insight, etc) terms.

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