In descending order of importance-
1) I am uncomfortable with licences associated with any media uploaded to Facebook
2) To learn something new, which closely ties in with….
3) For fun/to alleviate boredom
4) Documentation, largely for myself and what little people will ever read this 😉
Now for the long version….
This is largely going to expand on point 1 as it is 90% of the reason I created this website.
With regard to the images I have taken, I never felt they had any specific monetary value. I mean, the most I have ever got out of my photography was some free climbing & storage equipment in exchange for some “action” shots. This is not a source of income for me, it is merely a hobby which I enjoy. HOWEVER, I am a little uncomfortable with the rights associated with uploading a picture to Facebook/Twitter/SocialMediaPlatformOfChoice.
Lets focus on Facebook as it is where people mostly share images.
“Specifically for photos and video uploaded to the site, Facebook has a license to use your content in any way it sees fit, with a license that goes beyond merely covering the operation of the service in its current form. Facebook can transfer or sub-license its rights over a user’s content to another company or organisation if needed. Facebook’s license does not end upon the deactivation or deletion of a user’s account, content is only released from this license once all other users that have interacted with the content have also broken their ties with it (for example, a photo or video shared or tagged with a group of friends).”
And of course, the classic from Facebook’s TOS
FOR CONTENT THAT IS COVERED BY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, LIKE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS (IP CONTENT), YOU SPECIFICALLY GIVE US THE FOLLOWING PERMISSION, SUBJECT TO YOUR PRIVACY AND APPLICATION SETTINGS: YOU GRANT US A NON-EXCLUSIVE, TRANSFERABLE, SUB-LICENSABLE, ROYALTY-FREE, WORLDWIDE LICENSE TO USE ANY IP CONTENT THAT YOU POST ON OR IN CONNECTION WITH FACEBOOK (IP LICENSE). THIS IP LICENSE ENDS WHEN YOU DELETE YOUR IP CONTENT OR YOUR ACCOUNT UNLESS YOUR CONTENT HAS BEEN SHARED WITH OTHERS, AND THEY HAVE NOT DELETED IT.
Something just doesn’t sit right with me about this. I think social media is a great platform for people to see content….but due to being overwhelmed by sheer volume, the average attention span is short.
My conclusion is that I’ll upload higher quality images on this website, have some fun creating some bullshit content no one will ever read and post some shitty resolution stuff to Facebook!