Twitter’s Fine Print – ‘All Your Content Are Belong To Us’

Oct 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Story, Microblogging

The Combined Arms Research Library raises a some interesting questions about the fine print in Twitter’s Terms Of Use.

Their concern is that Twitter is moving towards a model of hosting more content than the typical 140-character blurb – and Twitter claims the right to use your content for commercial purposes, in any media.

Here’s the part you need to be aware of:

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).

Such additional uses by Twitter, or other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the Content that you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Services.

In other words – Twitter is saying ‘All Your Content Are Belong To Us’. You own your content, but Twitter gets the right to use it commercially, without paying you.

Twitter needs to clarify their intent on this. In the meantime, this reinforces that you should  publish your content on your own site and link to it via Twitter.

What do you think about Twitter’s Terms?

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2 Responses to “Twitter’s Fine Print – ‘All Your Content Are Belong To Us’”

  1. Jeff says:

    They suck. Twitter is almost as bad as MySpace.

  2. Karissa says:

    I F***** HAte Both of those SITES!!!!

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