“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”.
I speak of the Instagram debacle a few months back and the mass exodus of photographers and others from that site.
Basically the new policy says that by posting your images on Facebook you agree to allow them to use your images and your likeness without any compensation to you. Facebook is making money off of your images and your online identity. And not only that, if you have the mobil app running on your phone or you are looking at Facebook in a browser on your computer, you give Facebook permission to collect your personal data from the sites you visit and any other electronic interactions you have.
These events on Facebook have caused me to reconsider how my images will be shared and distributed in the electronic world. While I know that once an image is posted on a web site it can be pilfered, I find that I cannot in good conscience give a blanket permission to Facebook and their assigns to use my images without compensation.
I know that Facebook’s modus operandi when they modify their policies is to ask for the extreme and then pull back a little. This amounts to taking 5 steps forward and then taking 2 steps back. My problem is that the company continues to push the envelope in terms of personal privacy and intellectual property use—always asking and receiving a little more each time. Everyone has to make their own choice, in essence to draw their own line in the sand. For me it is time to scale back my involvement on Facebook and remove many of my images from their site and state here for all concerned that any images posted prior to this change in Facebook’s policy, that have been removed by me and that may still be surviving on servers owned by Facebook, continue to be protected by my copyright and may not be used by Facebook or their assigns.
“I came here to say that I do not recognize anyone’s right to one minute of my life. Nor to any part of my energy. Nor to any achievement of mine. No matter who makes the claim, how large their number or how great their need. I wished to come here and say that I am a man who does not exist for others. - Howard Roark
I came here to say . . .