Posting, sharing and commenting are all a part of the social networking world. It is how we communicate with each other and keep up-to-date with the latest news concerning our friends, family and even celebrities. But did you know everything that is put onto social media is then owned by that certain platform?
When it comes to reading the terms and conditions, I will admit I think it is the biggest waste of time.
Although until reading about the importance of copyright, I discovered that the terms and conditions are actually a vital part of signing up to each media platform.
Copyright is the legal description of ownership over an individuals work and its creativity, whether it be a book, artwork, phrase or song. The first sign of copyright appeared in 1710 for the Statue of Queen Anne, which granted the owners monopoly for 14 years after publication. The modern foundation of copyright is based around the Berne Convention of 1886 which allowed writers monopoly 50 years after the authors death.
When creating profiles on social media platforms, copyright laws and legislations for the website appear in the terms and conditions. I was intrigued and researched into Facebook and Instagram, to find out what various terms and conditions cover. I first looked at Facebook and it stated:
“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. “ – Facebook Terms of Service
In order to begin using either of the social media networks, terms and conditions must be agreed to. Therefore you are now are permitting the network admin to either use or filter what is being posted. In a sense this can be used to protect the identity of social media as it eliminates the risk of being a platform for violence and abuse.
The modernisation of society is heavily based around the technological movement. Without copyright, there would not be a platform of security either in the ideas you create or the posts you share online.
Maybe next time think twice about agreeing to the TNC’s.