Musician raises issue with site's terms.
Musician haven MySpace has come under fire by British songwriter Billy Bragg over some confusion with the social networking site’s terms of service statement.
Last month, Bragg removed all music from his MySpace profile, claiming the company’s terms of service claims the right to sublicense any content posted throughout the site. Bragg posted his rationale on his MySpace blog, subsequently picked up by the New York Daily News, and is now blog fodder throughout the Internet.
MySpace officials insist Bragg merely has misinterpreted the intent of the user agreement, and that the company has no intention of claiming ownership of any music posted in member profiles.
“Because the legalese has caused some confusion, we are at work revising it to make it very clear that MySpace is not seeking a license to do anything with an artist's work other than allow it to be shared in the manner the artist intends,” MySpace spokesman Jeff Berman was quoted in the Daily News. “Obviously, we don't own their music or do anything with it that they don't want.”
The specific clause in question reads:
“By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, profiles, works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") on or through the Services, you hereby grant to MySpace.com, a non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense through unlimited levels of sublicensees) to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, store, reproduce, transmit, and distribute such Content on and through the Services.”
The clause is meant to cover MySpace’s liability for posting copyrighted content on its site.
While Bragg, a left-wing political activist, has called for other artists to similarly remove their music from MySpace, owned conservative media baron Rupert Murdoch, there are no signs of a mass-defection taking place.
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