Cliff Gardner

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Facebook is taking over the world

I like facebook as much as the next person and my 829 close personal friends are a testament to how much I have used it to fill my time over the past few years. However, I use it full well with the knowledge that it’s not all roses and sunshine. For example, their terms of use read as follows:

By posting Member Content to any part of the Web site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, perform, display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such information and content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such information and content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.

Basically, anything you put on the site becomes the property of facebook and the folks they choose to sell it to. Naturally, then, using the new option of importing this blog to my facebook "notes" is a pretty bad idea, or at least one I’m uneasy about. I don’t like the notion of signing away all rights to a short story or a something sort of clever I wrote. Reading the fine print is important sometimes.


  • Speaking of fine print, I'm pretty sure that your contract with Pacific U is a lifetime agreement. The fine print states, and I quote, "by serving as assistant to the director of forensics, the university owns you, bitch."

    So, call Ukraine, and tell them you're busy.


    By Blogger magic, and with love from Sam,, at 11:34 PM  

  • Good greif that's creepy. I love facebook and I've never read that. Where was that?

    scary stuff

    By Anonymous Kim, at 11:50 AM  

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