Seeing as Facebook has decided to claim that they own rights to any content on a website that has a “click to share on Facebook” style button (along with all the rest of their new claims over User Content), nearly everybody will be removing that particular button ASAP while they leave the buttons for the other social networking services that have a saner intellectual property policy. (You may notice that this site no longer has a Facebook button – I just unclicked that option – took me two seconds in the Sociable plugin interface).
Read more about it from Amanda French (h/t to the desert man on twitter)
I’m thinking hard about the content I import from my other website. Also, what about my clients’ intellectual property rights on sites on which I’ve installed a Facebook sharing button? For those whose blog sections consist of promoting shows/events, it’s probably not an issue – they want the publicity for the events, not for the content of their blurbs about those events. But what about clients whose content is more their own hard intellectual work? How do I advise them?
One prediction is that Facebook’s new policy could enable it to publish, say, a “25 Things” book without attribution or payment to the users who authored the content they include. Now there’s an intriguing possibility.