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Property Of Facebook - Riffs and Licks
steelbrassnwood
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Property Of Facebook
Facebook's recent changes to its terms of service, which now claim ownership of content you upload even if you cancel your account, are parodied in "Property Of Facebook," my latest song for February Album Writing Month. The situation is probably not as bad as it sounds (see http://blogs.computerworld.com/facebook_tos for some good discussion) but sober reflection should be no impediment to parody. Or continued use of a tremolo harmonica.

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rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: February 18th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you have such sensible ideas about the publicness of public things on public websites, or else it'd be one more thing I'd have to argue with you about.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 18th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I was being sarcastic ... but then perhaps you are too. I don't think they actually can do what people are claiming they are doing, nor am I even sure that was the intent of the change> But, if I were really deeply concerned over the rights to something, I wouldn't post it there.
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: February 18th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
if I were really deeply concerned over the rights to something, I wouldn't post it there

That's what I meant non-sarcastically about being sensible.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 18th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That makes sense. And Facebook was not really trying to take ownership of things like people's songs (obviously) -- they just reverted to the previous terms of service and in this blog post Mark Zuckerman explains pretty sensibly what they were trying to do.
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