Facebook reverses its change of Terms Of Use

Woot!!  Facebook changed its Terms of Use.  They used to read:

“You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service.”

As of today they are reverting to the old terms of use.  This was the fairly quick (five days I think) result of an immediate and strong reaction in the blogosphere and the media.  While I believe Facebook and Mark Z. that there was no sinister intentions in its old TOS, its really comforting to know Facebook is no longer taking that angle.  Now when you close a Facebook account, any rights to the content of your profile will expire.

The story was picked up by NYTimes.com and others, prompting a resonse posted today on the facebook blog. Big win for anyone wanting to put meaninful or valuable work up on social networks.

One Response to “Facebook reverses its change of Terms Of Use”

  1. sounds like Facebook made the same mistake that Google made with their Chrome (web browser) end user license agreement

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