something to honk about
This is further information regarding my post it’s getting hot in here, so take off all your photos.
The following is a direct quote from the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities:
“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:
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.”
I don’t even know what that means exactly, given the added condition of ‘subject to your privacy… settings’. Any exceptionally well informed readers out there who can enlighten me on what this means in real world terms, please comment. There are other aspects to Facebook that leave a bad taste in my mouth too, like timeline. So I’m sticking with my decision to keep my family photos off of Facebook.
From what I’ve read up on WordPress policy, they do not make similar claims to blog content. Bloggers are at liberty to institute their own copyright and or license policy for their blog content. I went down a rabbit hole reading all this stuff tonight. I chose to add a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License to my blog. I’ve also been making an effort to use mostly images ‘labeled for reuse’ or my own images, in spite of the blase attitude I took towards grabbing pictures off of the web when I first started this blog a few weeks ago.
I don’t have accounts on Flickr or Instagram, but from searching images online it seems that Flickr images are not protected overall, but images on Instagram are protected from reuse. Does anyone know if this is correct?
What do you think? Do you have copyrights or license policies on your blog material? How do you protect your images and data online? What do you teach your kids regarding these issues? Have you ever “taken it all off”?