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Are You Sharing or Relinquishing Your Rights on Social Media?

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by Ryan Hong
The Social Media Monthly
September 14, 2015

Ryan Hong's article, "Are You Sharing or Relinquishing Your Rights on Social Media?" was published in The Social Media Monthly on September 14, 2015.

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"Considering the meteoric growth of social media websites like Facebook, which had 1.44 billion active users in the first quarter of 2015[1], the ecosystem of individuals and businesses that should be cognizant of the legal consequences of uploading copyrighted works is expanding. Terms of service for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram grant the social networks broad rights over user content. Below are excerpts from each site’s terms of service.

Facebook: 'You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook…In addition: For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.'[2]"

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