Sunday, July 23, 2006

YouTube vs Flickr: Who would you trust with your intellectual property?

YouTube‘s new intellectual property policy terms and conditions have been receiving a well deserved bashing. A sampling:

So what is their new policy?

For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting the User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube's (and its successor's) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the YouTube Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website, and to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Website and under these Terms of Service. The foregoing license granted by you terminates once you remove or delete a User Submission from the YouTube Website.

Now compare that to Flickr:

Yahoo! respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. Yahoo! has no responsibility for content on other web sites that you may find or access when using Yahoo!'s products or services. Material available on or through other web sites may be protected by copyright and the intellectual property laws of the United States and/or other countries. The terms of use of those web sites, and not the Yahoo! Terms of Service, govern your use of that material.

So the bottom line is that Yahoo (owners of Flickr) allow the content creator to specify the license terms and conditions. On Flickr you are in control of the decision on how others might use your work:

Whereas YouTube specifies the terms of copyright for you the creator. Being that this new networked world is all about building trusted relationships… Who would you trust more with your intellectual property? Flickr or YouTube? Here are a few other recommended sites where you might choose to share your video creations:

We have choices, and we don‘t have to accept these ridiculous terms. We can choose to work with sites who get it.

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