Some random thoughts…

UPDATE: Facebook Comes To Their Senses (for now)

This from Facebook earlier today:

“Terms of Use Update:

Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For more information, visit the Facebook Blog.

If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.”

Contact Facebook and let them know what you think…

For the time being, I’m keeping any “marketable” images off my Facebook page. Although I think they’ve appropriately addressed the concerns for the time being, we’ll see what they come up with after they “resolve the issues that people have raised.”

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Facebook’s New TOS Have Photographers Jumping Ship!

I was alerted to something via Twitter this morning that concerned me greatly. Photographers by the likes of Scott Bourne, are bailing from Facebook after they (FB) recently changed a couple of lines in their Terms of Service. Some very important lines at that. For all of you who post images (or anything) on Facebook, the Terms of Service (TOS) have always granted substantial usage rights of that content to Facebook. Prior to the recent change, however, that license expired after you cancelled your FB account. Not any more…

Licenses: “You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof. You represent and warrant that you have all rights and permissions to grant the foregoing licenses.”

FB users have been granting this license pretty much since day one. According to a blog post on The Consumerist, a couple of very important lines were recently removed which now grant FB license to your contect FOREVER.

REMOVED (from The Consumerist): “You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”

If you post ANYTHING on Facebook, or similar sites, familiarize yourself with the Terms of Service. It doesn’t sound like there’s much we can do about content already posted on FB but, you can be sure, I’ll be splattering any future images with watermarks not to be messed with!

February 16, 2009 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New episode of the FAP podcast features some old friends…

The latest episode (#12) of my Fireground Action P hotography podcast is in the pipeline and available for download at the website or at iTunes.

What’s special about this episode for me is that I’m joined by some great old friends from my hometown of Boston, Rick Nohl and Ted Pendergast. These great guys are the reason I got into fire photography 19 years ago. I met Rick while attending college in Boston – we lived in the same dorm during our freshman year. I had been shooting spot news on a freelance basis for some local papers but it wasn’t until I met Rick and his friend Ted that I caught the fire photography bug.

What stinks about living 3000 miles from old friends and family is that you tend to lose touch very easily. Life happens, I know. With the advancements in technology, however, I’m able to bridge that gap. Using a program called “Skype”, Rick, Ted and I were able to talk with each other via high speed internet on our computers using headsets. When you listen to Episode 12 that’s what we were doing and I think it sounded great. Oh, did I mention that computer to computer conversations are free!?! Yup. So, using a conference call with Skype, three old friends (not mention my friend and co-host Ross B!) were reunited for an evening of fun and photography for your listening pleasure. I hope you enjoy the show, and the rest of the series. – Featuring the photography of Rick Nohl – Featuring the photography of Ted Pendergast – Internet-based phone and communication service

October 26, 2008 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , | Leave a comment