Thursday, September 04 2008 at 09:38 AM EST
Contributed by: jason
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So what does this mean in simple terms? It means that Facebook can happily reproduce and redistribute your photos, without needing your consent, without notifying you, and with commercial interests in mind -- meaning making money!
With this EULA, Facebook can sell your work as stock photography!
I don't know about you, but I'm an avid proam photographer, who sells his work, and strongly protects his intellectual property rights. Although this EULA says the works are still mine, I may as well just hand over full IP and copyright to Facebook, something I'm very much not comfortable doing.
If you're a photographer too, I suggest you pull all of your work, just as I have!