Facebook Changes Terms of Service — Photographers Be Wary!

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I am a member of ASMP (the American Society of Media Photographers).  They recently sent a useful update about a change to Facebook’s Terms of Service.  The use of social media is always a balance between effective promotion and sacrificing your rights as an image maker.

ASMP advises strongly evaluating the new changes:

The new Facebook Terms of Use have been modified to allow the company to sell virtually anything that is uploaded to the service, including all your photos, your identity and your data. Facebook has also explicitly removed the privacy protection from the commercialization rights. This means that any photos uploaded to Facebook may be sold, distributed or otherwise commercialized with no compensation to the photographer.

Here’s a summary of the changes that ASMP has tracked. Here’s the most important language. (Strikethrough indicates language that is being removed. Bold text is used to indicate the new additions.)

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