The Right to Sublicense Derivative Works?!

If you post a photo to Facebook, you're basically giving them worldwide free reign over reproduction of your pictures--for free.

I should have seriously read the fine print in Facebook's Terms of Use more carefully.

"By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing."

Are you serious?

Funny how they throw the words fully paid into the mix. I don't ever remember receiving a check for such an exhaustive license. Hell, if any other business wanted to license one of my images with all those options, they'd be paying thousands for it. Now if I could just find such a business...

I think I'll be pulling a few images off Facebook now. At least until they can look at the issue from a photographer's perspective.

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