An interesting discussion is happening in the blogosphere right now concerning the one-way direction of content into Facebook. Dan York and Chris Brogan both raise valid concerns about the need to be a Facebook member in order to view redirected or repackaged content through the portal (Facebook).
Ah, but wait, if you aren’t a Facebook user, you couldn’t see it, could you? No, you have to login first in order to see any of that content. Only once inside the Facebook walls can you see it all.
And the other stunning pronouncement that Facebook appears to become a ‘licensor’ of your content.
Now consider this… through the various applications, I’m bringing into Facebook my entries from this blog, my Twitter posts (tweets), my del.icio.us bookmarks. Potentially videos and pictures.
It would certainly appear from the ToS that I’m giving Facebook a license to do whatever it wants with all of that content. Forever.
What about Creative Commons license? My blog content is so licensed, as is Dan’s and Chris’. Twitter and del.icio.us all have their own TOS agreement. Does this mean that once we (the content creator) direct our content to Facebook via RSS feed (or some other mechanism), we lose control of that content, even though said content is CC license protected?
Or is there some other line in the TOS that I’ve not seen yet that states something to the effect that by sending our content to Facebook, we negate all previous or currently valid rights.
Obviously I’m not of the legal profession, but I wonder if anyone has any more information on this, methinks this bears more checking into.