I recently ran across a cool sounding and popular website for content distribution. It’s called Pixelpipe, maybe you’ve heard of it. You upload “your stuff” to Pixelpipe;from there, on demand, you send whatever is required from “your stuff” to your blog, your Facebook page, someone’s iPhone, Youtube, whatever. “Your stuff” is stored on their servers, no more “upload to here, email to there, submit to this site”, etc. Sounded good. All free, just a simple sign up.
What the hell, I thought, why don’t I read the Terms And Conditions? They will be handling my intellectual property…how long can it take?
Below is my post to the Photo.net Forum in regards to this issue. The subject was originally about Facebook and Intellectual Property Rights, but I broadened the discussion to other sites. (If you missed the hubbub regarding Facebook, here is a link to the backstory. And where the heck have you been keeping yourself? On a cattle drive in the Australian Outback? ).
There are content distribution sites doing the same thing. And big software companies. Two prime examples are Pixelpipe and Adobe. *
Read Pixelpipe.com ‘s Terms and Conditions here and remember: they aren’t working with vacation photos so compressed they are “garbage”. Pixelpipe is, in their own words “a content distribution gateway that allows users to publish text and upload photos, video and audio files once through Pixelpipe and have the content distributed across over 60 social networks, photo/video sites and blogs, and other online destinations.” **
The CEO of Pixelpipe told me their legal team says the wording in their TAC is necessary in order to redistribute content for people, and that ” Believe me, we’re not interested in owning your content just publishing and redistributing on your behalf.” I have no doubt that they aren’t looking to steal my stuff, but why should I take a chance like that? And why should they be allowed to retain copies of my Content “indefinitely“?
Adobe recently (2008) changed their TAC for Photoshop Express to do the same thing. Plus they added a bit about deriving revenue from User Content without remuneration. Read it here .
As a matter of fact, I Googled the offensive terms “intellectual property” “terms and conditions” website derivative and many many sites came up. (780,000 hits, most of them sites with Terms such as Pixelpipe and Facebook). Pixelpipe worries me because they deal exclusively in peoples intellectual property. And because I almost registered with them without reading the TAC.
Not all website have these terms, however. WordPress doesn’t, for example. Neither does Shutterchance .
What’s the point of all this? Simple.
Read the Terms and Conditions of any website you want to upload your intellectual property to!
A lot of other folks are concerned about this. BogusArtFair.info , KeepYourCopyrights.com and Magnifisycopathological are just a few.
I feel pretty bent out of shape by this, and hope the next time you see that checkbox next to the sentence I’ve read and agree with SiteX.com’s Terms and Conditions you take the time to actually read them.