Archive for February 26th, 2009

Facebook has updated its terms of service and left it open for comments in two groups. There is still cause for concern, mostly over this:

“2. Sharing Your Content and Information

You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, including information about you and the actions you take (“content”). In order for us to share your content and provide you with our services, you agree to the following:

2.1 You give us permission to use, store, and share content you post on Facebook or otherwise make available to us (“post”), subject to your privacy and application settings.
2.2 You may delete your content or your account at any time with the understanding that removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be generally available to other users), and that content shared with others may remain until they delete it.
2.3 For content that is covered by intellectual property rights (like photos and videos), 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, copy, publicly perform or display, distribute, modify, translate, and create derivative works of (“use”) any content you post on or in connection with Facebook. This license ends when you delete your content or your account.
2.4 We always appreciate your feedback or other suggestions about Facebook, but you understand that we may use them without any obligation to compensate you for them (just as you have no obligation to offer them).”

(Taken from Facebook’s Proposed Statements of Rights and Responsibilities.)

2.3 basically says that Facebook has permission to use anything you post however they damn well please — UNTIL you delete your account. However, in 2.2 they mention that they’ll keep “backup copies” for a “reasonable amount of time.” This makes me uneasy. And what happens, for example, if I post a picture, Facebook sells it to Apple to use in an iPhone ad, and then I take it down. Does Facebook have to tell Apple they can’t use my photo anymore? I don’t think so.

Also, in regards to 2.4 — here’s a suggestion, Facebook: don’t claim ownership over anyone else’s intellectual property. Ever.

And don’t worry, I won’t be after you to “compensate me” for that little piece of feedback.

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Stoked For This


Nintendo has marked May 18 as the official release date for Punch-Out!! for the Wii.  Gamers will remember this classic boxing game in its NES and SNES iterations.  This looks promising, and if Nintendo can get a good control scheme for it, this could be amazing.

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