It's OK, we're librarians, we know no one actually reads words any more. Here're the juicy parts:
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).
OH WAIT. THEY GET TO USE MY STUFF FOR FREE? What if I don't want photographs of Aunt Edna's 80th birthday party used commercially? I mean, I was wearing a very ugly hat that day, and I had stains on my shirt.
But wait, there's more!
You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use.
THEY CAN SELL IT TO THIRD PARTIES, LIKE THE AP, AND I GET NO REMUNERATION, BUT TWITTER DOES? So, like, if I just so happen to be at a major event, snap some pictures as it unfolds, and Tweet them from my phone for my friends to see, they could end up being sold to CNN or the Associated Press, and SOMEONE makes money off of my good luck (or hard work) and it's not me? This is really going to mess up my job as a freelance artist/photographer!
(Don't worry, this is a stock image from Microsoft Office)
Yup. It's all there in the good ol' fine print. How often do we NOT read the Terms of Service when we sign up for websites? How often do we not read the License Agreement when we install new software? This is another example of how we should take the time to read the words.
Thanks to PhotoFocus for bringing up the topic. You can read their extended article on the problem HERE.
Have questions about copyright? Feel free to contact our Copyright Team here at the library at (913) 758-3018.