While these two slug it out over an F-word and some discreet web design, let’s not skirt round the copyright elephant that towers in the corner of the courtroom. Though the elephant isn’t a party to this lawsuit it’s very, very big: Facebook’s 200 million users, who upload more than 850 million photos and 8 million videos every month.
Depending on the outcome of this case, FB users may not be allowed to access their own content through Power because they are incidentally infringing FB’s copyright by copying peripheral design features etc. FB users might feel this is monopolistic and tight-fisted when they give FB ‘a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content’.
On the other hand, is the user-friendly Power really acting in the interests of FB users? If Power accesses FB, it’s potentially not just FB’s IP that’s copied without permission, but other users’ content too. Your friends have chosen to give Facebook a licence - not Power and not even you.