Who owns photos on Facebook? You do, right? Afraid not. Well, kind of. What you share in FB can be seen by others of course, that’s the problem. Facebook can use your photos or videos whenever they want. They might use it in advertising or to promote pages or to invite other people to join (so I’m told). So we need to think about what we are posting. And again, if your kids are under 13 they shouldn’t be on Facebook anyway – this is another reason to make sure that’s enforced at your house!
We need to know about this is that if you or your kids upload something – it’s never gone and that photo can be used elsewhere. We need to remember that when you upload photos/videos to Facebook, you give them permission to “use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook”.
Here’s what Facebook says, in full, about those photos you are uploading and sharing:
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:
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.
We love Facebook – well I do! And I know many of you have found your way to my blog through good old Facey. I’m not going to stop using it. But I am going to think about what I’m sharing – photos of friends and family in particular. That way I’ll at least be thinking about where it might end up.
Are you happy to keep sharing photos on FB, even knowing they own those pics?
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