I'm getting annoyed by repeated spam from clearly fraudulent business services that seem to think all artists are ignorant of artist's rights/law or that I'm at the bottom of a food chain. Posting this as a constant reminder to myself and to any creatives interested in protecting themselves from the wanna-be sharks out there to always read the legalese !
In summary, creatives MUST always be mindful of the service you are using and their terms of service. I've bolded out the key words to always look out for.
Twitter Terms of Service (ToS)
You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. What’s yours is yours — you own your Content (and your photos and videos are part of the Content).By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed). This license authorizes us to make your Content available to the rest of the world and to let others do the same.
When you provide Subscriber Content to Tumblr through the Services, you grant Tumblr a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable right and license to use, host, store, cache, reproduce, publish, display (publicly or otherwise), perform (publicly or otherwise), distribute, transmit, modify, adapt (including, without limitation, in order to conform it to the requirements of any networks, devices, services, or media through which the Services are available), and create derivative works of, such Subscriber Content.
You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings In addition: 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). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Now an example of a ToS that is designed deliberately to rob you of your rights to work you produced. (Names have been censored)
*CENSORED* strives to create an interactive relationship with the members of its Site and services. User comments, feedback, suggestions, ideas, and other submissions disclosed, submitted or offered to *CENSORED* on or by this Site shall be and remain *CENSORED* property. Users assign all property rights and interests to *CENSORED* allowing our company unlimited use, commercial or otherwise, of any comments. Furthermore, *CENSORED* shall be under no obligation (1) to maintain any comments in confidence; (2) to pay to users any compensation for any comments; or (3) to respond to any user comments.
In closing, while I can understand that everyone needs to survive in tough economic times. Putting up a glorified website and citing a million sources with tons of evangelist seed funding from prominent backers isn't going to get past professional scrutiny. If any readers have questions, I'll be happy to answer in pm or replies. Thanks for reading and hope it helped.