November 13, 2010: 2:09 pm: General

Just to further make my point. You can find the same “assumption of ownership” (this being my personal term for it) of your content sections in other popular sites. Remember, I am NOT a lawyer.

 

Interestingly the Twitter TOS adds some markup that tried to give you a sense of how they interpret what the wording of the terms means to them. I did not see that elsewhere.

 

Facebook actually seems to currently have the most user friendly wording. I know at one time it was really bad, but typical to Facebook a public backlash was required to humiliate them into changing it. They seem to actually say the license to them ends if you successfully delete your content from their site.

 

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/t/terms
“You grant the Company and its affiliates a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display your User Content (in whole or in part) and/or to incorporate such your User Content in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed.”

 

Posterous: http://posterous.com/tos
“…however, by submitting material to Posterous you grant Posterous the irrevocable, fully transferable rights to use, reproduce, distribute, modify, transmit, prepare derivative works of, display and produce the material in connection with Posterous and Posterous’s business, but solely in accordance with these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy. ”

 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tos
“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).”

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/terms.php
“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to yourprivacy 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.”

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: 1:52 pm: General

On a lark I decided to re-read the TOS for audioboo.fm.
You can see them here. http://audioboo.fm/terms

 

I am NOT a lawyer. BUT I find it funny they say “You own your User Content, not us.” and “We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide to the Site. Your profile and the materials you upload remain yours.”

 

YET they say this “You grant the Company and its affiliates a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display your User Content (in whole or in part) and/or to incorporate such your User Content in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. ”

 

Now again, I am not a lawyer. To me that sure sounds like they are nullifying your ownership if they can do anything they want in any way in perpetuity. That sure sounds like ownership to me.

 

This is just a reminder. There are no free rides. Be aware of what you are uploading to sites that are “free” such as audioboo, facebook etc. Even if you pay for an account you should review the terms in case even a paid account is surrendering your rights.

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October 4, 2009: 4:23 pm: Uncategorized

Where is your “audience”? Or perhaps you have several levels of audience. I do. This is something I realized this week. I effectively have two main audience connection points for what I have to say and share. I have some minor levels of audience on my blogs and sites like Flickr directly.

The big two for me are twitter and Facebook. I should state that though I have audience on Facebook I barely log into that site directly. I feed it with twitter mainly and some other sources.

Twitter. My main audience directly on twitter is mainly my fellow security and some podcasting folks. These are people I want near immediate sharing back and forth. Sometimes it even reaches conversational levels. Twitter is a primary input point for me. A partial output point for a certain class of friend and colleague. These folks probably don’t care about all my photos and non tech/mac/security information.

Facebook. My secondary audience is here. These are folks I have known for a long time,a few media types. But mostly for school and lifetime friends to find me and keep up on my doings. I personally don’t care for Facebook games etc. So I rarely log in directly. But I want to keep these friends in the regular loop. So I send content from Twitter to my status updates. I also feed Facebook updates with other sites like Twitter, my tech blog and this blog. So they can get a stream of things from me without my having to be a real Facebook user.

Next are my two blogs. One tech/forensics heavy is a traditional wordpress blog. Mostly the audience for my tech blog are folks who find specific content I post via google. The rest catch the posts via friendfeed or facebook. A few security and forensics types might also directly subscribe via rss. Except for google I figure the direct access is a small portion of those seeing the posts.

The personal blog is a more unique animal. I have redirected my georgestarcher.net domain to a site called Posterous.com. This is meant to be an easy blogging system. BUT more importantly its a feeder mechanism. You can setup auto posting to other social sites. Anything I post here can be made to send updates to Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed (that is another aggregation site). Also you can have it send photos straight to Flickr and videos to youTube. There are many other services it supports. I don’t use it to send posts back to twitter since that audience for me is different and would like tune me out if I did that. I also don’t have it auto post to flickr since like my tech blog I want only my best photos there. I leave my casual photos on the posterous blog itself so my casual audience can see them down stream.

The end of the story is I want to enter as few places as possible while feeding the right type of content to my appropriate personal audience. Twitter is my main point of entry. That comes out for everyone but I keep the comments flavored a certain way. Then I use my two blogs to segregate the types of longer format posts.  I provided a map to show the flow of the social posting shell game.

Socialmediamap

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: 6:42 am: Uncategorized

I have been learning a lot as I manage and tie together the various social media sites. There is a site you should start with. It is http://en.gravatar.com/

This site let’s you associate various avatar icons to various email addresses you use. This can be any image you like to use for your photo on social sites.

Make yourself a login. Add any email addresses you use for sites like Disqus, wordpress etc. You may not even realize all the sites that accept gravatar managed icons. Then when you have an account at supporting sites with the same email addresses your profile pic will come from gravatar. This makes it much easier to make Changes to your profile pic across sites later.

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