Archive for November 2012

Is it just me, or is it threatening to read the terms of use sections on some social media sites?

From Twitter for example:

5. Your Rights

You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. 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).

I feel like there must be a better way to allow for artists to spread their work that agreeing to “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).” That’s just frightening! I don’t wish for others to have those rights to my work, that would be why I copyright in the first place.

The unfortunate flip side of that coin is that it has prevented me from branching my artwork out to many sites including, Twitter, Deviant Art, Stumble Upon, Tumblr, YouTube, etc. This is disconcerting because I feel as though I am not using the internet as well as I could.

The only reason I am in social media at all is because some companies have decided that this language (though the law sections of their corporations more than likely are opposed to the lack of this legaleze) have left out such threats to the intellectual property I hold dear. These sites are Facebook, WordPress, Vimeo, and Google+.

This rant is actually a large thank you to those corporations who understand that the little guy needs to possess something as well. I am grateful that the sanctity of my artwork is still of importance to these people.

Ladies, Gentlemen, Boys, Girls, and unidentified species,
It is now only two days away! The Rhode Island Comic Con is this SATURDAY and SUNDAY.
Get your tickets and see the amazing artists, listen to the phenomenal panelists, meet celebrities from your favorite shows and comics, and oh yes, see me for your signed copy of Broken Silences (specially priced at $10 for the Con).

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