Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Facebook faces furor over content rights - CNN.com

Facebook faces furor over content rights - CNN.com: "But for advocates of copyright reform and privacy, not to mention photographers and writers who may want the photos they upload or 'notes' they write on Facebook to eventually lead to some kind of profit, the news was alarming.

Some prominent Twitterers and bloggers, like New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, announced that they were deleting their Facebook accounts or pulling all uploaded content.

So Facebook issued somewhat of a clarification on Monday to explain what the change really meant.

'We are not claiming and have never claimed ownership of material that users upload,' a statement from Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt read. And indeed, Facebook's terms of service do say that 'User Content and Applications/Connect Sites' are exempt from its claims on content ownership."

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