Photo Attorney

Jan 11, 2009

Facebook Can Use Your Content for Promotional Purposes

Social networks such as Facebook can be helpful to your business. But before you click the "Sign Up" button, take a moment to read the Terms of Use, which state:

By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant . . . to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.

Fortunately, the license expires when you remove your Content from the site. But you may want to pause before you post any of your great photos that Facebook can use for promotional purposes.

Thanks to Cris Mitchell and Paulo Rodrigues for submitting this alert.