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Yes Facebook can SELL little Susie’s beach picture to Playboy for their Facebook Hotties edition. Yesterday, an astute follower of my burgeoning Facebook site pointed out to me that I have freely given Facebook the absolute irrevocable right to SELL anything I post to ANYONE ANYWHERE in the world. (This person is not a lawyer, mind you, and they say lawyers ruin everything). Not only can Facebook sell my content, they can SUBLICENSE it to anyone anytime without any further consent on my part or on the part of the person portrayed in whatever it is that I have posted.
So gentle Facebook readers, fans, posters, devotees, tell everyone you know that anything you post on Facebook now BELONGS TO FACEBOOK. They can sell it. They can license it to others.
Those cute baby pictures—GAP KIDS. Your one-of-a-kind video documentary on the Bush White House—CNN. Your son or daughter’s half-naked drunken orgy—HARVARD ADMISSIONS. Those pictures of you skinny dipping at camp in 1972…okay okay I know, well who would want those? Perhaps the AARP NEWSLETTER.
You and your children are hereby warned. Tell everyone you know: Facebook is THE MAN. They are George Orwell’s 1984 and the Bush Administration ALL IN ONE. They want your children. They want you. Content content content is king. It all belongs to Facebook. And you just gave it to them for FREE!!!