MySpace Matters—I'm stoked to note that MySpace updated its terms in the user agreement to include an explanation of how it handles the rights to material posted there [Thin Line, "Hey, This Isn't 'My'Space," May 18]. Thanks, Webmonkey, for pointing this out. All you MySpace users out there owe it to yourselves to look it up, especially if you are one of the bazillion bands on the site posting songs, lyrics and incessant event invites.
Under “Proprietary Rights in Content on MySpace.com” in the terms and conditions, it says: “After posting your content to the MySpace Services, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such content, and you continue to have the right to use your content in any way you choose.” That's good. It goes on to say that you've given the site a limited license to “use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and distribute” the stuff you post there. But, according to this section of the terms, that's just so the site can legally compress audio files and allow other users to check it out. Nice.
Still, please remember that the terms and conditions agreement can change. You know, the one you and I blindly agreed to when we signed up for the service? And when it does change, if you log in, you've agreed to it. So it's important to check the agreement out from time to time and make sure you're still comfortable with the deal you're making. I'll keep my eye on it, too, and try to write about the media monolith here.