facebook_logoFollowing up on the earlier blog entry on Facebook, a couple of  bloggers have commented on Facebook’s recent change in their terms of service.  At issue is what rights they have to your content, and when those rights expire.

While their “old” rights used to expire when you closed an account (although archived copies would remain on their server), the newest update to the Terms of Service (2/4)  indicate that Facebook can retain rights to your uploaded content for their commercial purposes, even after you delete your account.

More from the legal viewpoint and the consumer-advocate viewpoints, as well as a CNet overview and a response from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: 

Consumerist: http://consumerist.com/5150175/facebooks-new-terms-of-service-we-can-do-anything-we-want-with-your-content-forever

Legal: http://www.photoattorney.com/2009/02/facebooks-terms-of-use-go-from-bad-to.html

CNET:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10165190-36.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Zuckerberg: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=54434097130

UPDATE 2/18:  Facebook reverts to old usage-terms until they can “address” user concerns.    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/18/facebook.reversal/index.html