Could facebook turn a profit from it’s members uploaded content?



There have been many concerns raised from Facebooks terms and conditions. One particular area for concern is their policy on ‘sharing your content and information. In this section it states “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”)”.

Being that Facebook grant themselves a royalty free sub-licence, they basically have the power to do as they please with your uploaded content. In response to this clause, attorney bert krages has stated the following “This is a very broad provision. While arguably it is written this way so that Facebook can use content in promotional ways without fear of liability, the clause is written in such a way that Facebook could use the images as a stock photo library if it wanted”. So to answer the question posed by this posts title- Could facebook turn a profit from it’s members uploaded content? The answer is that yes, if facebook so wanted to, they have given themselves the legal right to use members content as they please which may include sdvertising or the creation of a stock photo library.


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