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The “Scary-sounding” Contracts of Social Media Sites

There has been a lot of discussion regarding social media sites and their scary-sounding terms of services that always sound like rights-grabs. Here’s what Photoshop guru Scott Kelby had to say after trying out Google+:

Of course, when it comes to posting photos on any social media site, the discussion always turns to copyright issues, and honestly I don’t personally have any problems with Google+’s terms. I don’t think Google is going to steal all my photos and use them for their own evil purposes (in fact, I’ve never read a single story about some big photo-sharing site misappropriating a photographer’s photos, or anything along those lines, so I just don’t sweat it. I know, I know….I’m totally naive—the big corporations are actually secretly out to get…..[wait for it...wait for it]…free photography).

Here’s what I do know: any time lawyers get involved in stuff like this, you’re going to have a lengthy legalese document that makes it sound like Google+ (or Facebook, or Twitter) is going to grab all your rights for now and eternity, when all they’re actually trying to do is keep their client (Google+ in this case) from getting sued.

Scott also writes that the magazine he publishes (Photoshop User) has similar scary-sounding terms that his lawyers tell him are needed to avoid “getting sued into oblivion”.

I’m Kind of Digging Google+ [Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider]


 
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  • Anonymous

    “(in fact, I’ve never read a single story about some big photo-sharing
    site misappropriating a photographer’s photos, or anything along those
    lines, so I just don’t sweat it. I know, I know….I’m totally naive—the
    big corporations are actually secretly out to get…..[wait for it...wait
    for it]…free photography)”

    Twitpic specifically plans to resell users photos:

    http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2011/05/11/twitpic-plans-to-sell-your-images-so-it-can-profit/

  • Anonymous

    “(in fact, I’ve never read a single story about some big photo-sharing
    site misappropriating a photographer’s photos, or anything along those
    lines, so I just don’t sweat it. I know, I know….I’m totally naive—the
    big corporations are actually secretly out to get…..[wait for it...wait
    for it]…free photography)”

    Twitpic specifically plans to resell users photos:

    http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2011/05/11/twitpic-plans-to-sell-your-images-so-it-can-profit/