Sunday, August 10, 2008

Legal Stuff

I'm looking for places online to store my photo.

The first issue to think about is copyrights. If I upload my photos to a web service, what rights do they take on?

For instance, Goggle Picasa's 'Terms of Use' specifies the following:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This licence is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.
11.2 You agree that this licence includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.
This license seems to be in rather broad terms. The website has a similar provision.

I like terms of use better:
ImageEvent claims no ownership rights in any image contained in any of your photo albums. For the sole purpose of displaying your images through your Album, and fulfilling any print and gift orders you or your album invitees place, you grant ImageEvent to use such images to fulfill such orders. also uses the terms "worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license" while professing to no claim of ownership rights.

Currently, I have a bunch of pictures up on and Picasa.

I've been an ImageEvent customer for a long time. However, I don't like the features of the service very much when compared to others. I'd like to find a new web 2.0 site, but the "worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive" licenses worry me. Perhaps needlessly.


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