WARNING: Twitter Owns your Photos! Read the fine print
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Today I was briefly glancing at my beloved Twitter feed when I happened to see a provocative tweet by one of the world’s preeminent experts on New Media, Brian Solis.
Apparently, if you share photos on Twitter, Twitter owns them. And can do whatever they want with them. Including sell them to advertisers or the AP. The person who shared them, would of course get nothing…
As Carl from the Combined Arms Research Library Blog puts it:
By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).
OH WAIT. THEY GET TO USE MY STUFF FOR FREE? What if I don’t want photographs of Aunt Edna’s 80th birthday party used commercially? I mean, I was wearing a very ugly hat that day, and I had stains on my shirt.
But wait, there’s more!
You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use.
THEY CAN SELL IT TO THIRD PARTIES, LIKE THE AP, AND I GET NO REMUNERATION, BUT TWITTER DOES? So, like, if I just so happen to be at a major event, snap some pictures as it unfolds, and Tweet them from my phone for my friends to see, they could end up being sold to CNN or the Associated Press, and SOMEONE makes money off of my good luck (or hard work) and it’s not me? This is really going to mess up my job as a freelance artist/photographer!
I’m a huge advocate for the use of Social Media, but I don’t like the idea that by choosing this medium to share I give up my rights to that content. Facebook tried to do the same thing in 2009, and was met with a firestorm of controversy which began with this post from the Consumerist. Facebook responded and eventually decided to reverse the decision and ownership terms.
How do you feel about the Twitter Ownership Policy? Help us to spread the word about the fine print!