Facebook questions

TangoAustralia has a Facebook group, but yesterday I was made to think about Facebook when a friend said - "when you load photos on FB they own the copyright"! They do? My understanding of copyright and photographers, from my time as a magazine editor here in Oz, is that the photographer holds the copyright of his/her work unless he/she actually assigns it, in writing, to someone else.
So I did a little internet research and found some slightly confusing stuff... 'Facebook users force 'copyright' plan U-turn' said an article in The Australian. Apparently the concern was very real as their new terms (and by the way they can change the terms anytime they like without telling you) allowed them to use photos, messages and any other content in marketing or to sell to advertisers!! However this does not say that they cannot use your stuff for other things - like making money. I also found a blog by legalAndrew called 'Facebook isn't private and 7 other things you should know' - which explained most of their terms (at the time of writing) in real language - not legalese. And there it is says Andrew "in plain English... you are giving up copyright control of your material. If you upload a photo to Facebook, they can sell copies of it without paying you a cent..." Here's the link to legalAndrew
I did not load the year of my birth in my profile because I didn't see the point - then I was told that this can lead to identity theft... And I refuse to use the applications for the same reason - which means I never return gifts of shoes or whatever! even though it makes me seem unfriendly!
Having been on the end of copyright theft I know how hard it is to get redress if someone steals your stuff!


Arlene said…
Your friend is right. There is a big hoo ha about it lately. Also, one should never put other pictures found on the internet on your blog as it is an infringement of copyright. That is why I only publish my own work on my blog.
Better to post a link for a photostream instead.

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