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September 20, 2017


ManilaSpeak asked me to write about the new Twitter terms and conditions with regards to intellectual property. Whatever the boss says, I follow.

While the whole agreement (which we are all forced to agree) is 31 pages long, I will concentrate on the section as pictured below. 

Of course, the fear started when Twitter announced that there will be a new set of the terms of the user agreement. The scramble to read thousands of words and the pressure to agree forced us just to say “Yes” and hoped for the best. Well, hope is a four letter word which is lost once you clicked “yes” or “agree”.

As in all mainstream social media accounts, intellectual property is still intact. You still own the photos or words you posted. What you lost is just the control. To paraphrase the Sin City motto, what happens on Twitter, stays on the internet forever.

Let’s break down Twitter terms as stated above.

[1.] Whatever you posted can be used by Twitter in any way shape or form. The twitterer (is that a real word?) gives permission to Twitter to:

  1. Use
  2. Copy
  3. Reproduce
  4. Process
  5. Adapt
  6. Modify
  7. Publish
  8. Transmit
  9. Display
  10. Distribute

in ANY and ALL media or distribution methods now known or later developed.

[2.] The permission makes whatever you posted available to rest of the world (except residents of Mars and Venus) and you are allowing others (who copy and paste what you posted) to do the same as No. 1.

[3.] Then you give permission to Twitter to allow other (a) companies; (b) organizations; (c) other individuals to make use of what you posted for:

  1. Syndication
  2. Broadcast
  3. Distribution
  4. Promotion
  5. Publication

Lastly, anything that is used under (1), (2) or (3)is without compensation to you! Twitter can “sell” what you posted (subject to our terms and conditions for such Content us) and not give you anything. Not even a notice.

Looks scary, doesn’t it? But this has been the policy of Twitter since before, as it is on Facebook and Instagram. If you want your “content” to be limited, might as well shift to SnapChat or IG stories.

Social Media has indeed captured the hearts and thumbs of everyone. We will become slaves to these “applications” if we are not careful in our “content”.  As millennials have told me time and time again, “Keep up with the times”, I say to you, “Keep up with terms and conditions”.
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