|Facebook Timeline profile|
There is one issue, however, which is of particular concern to this blogger and so serious to have made her sleepless [and also compelled her to spend more time on this social network to "investigate" it].
This is why she would be delighted to hear 1709 Blog's readers' views on it.
The new [well, sort of: it was introduced in 2011] Facebook layout is intended to make subscribers' profiles look like a sort of online diary which contains everything these have deemed worth sharing with virtual friends or anyone on the internet [the privacy settings are decided by subscribers] since their birth day [this is to be intended literally]. In other words, Facebook Timeline allows you to "tell your life story".
|Facebook-related insomnia can be stressful|
This blogger's concerns relate to the latter, as at the moment Facebook does not allow you to change the privacy settings for cover photos. This means that cover photos can be viewed and downloaded by anyone on the internet.
Facebook Pages Terms warn in fact the subscriber that
"All covers are public. This means that anyone who visits your Page will be able to see your cover. Covers can't be deceptive, misleading, or infringe on anyone else's copyright. You may not encourage people to upload your cover to their personal timelines. Covers may not include images with more than 20% text."
This statement raises quite a few issues. Besides those pertaining to users' privacy and 'classical' copyright infringement (such as unauthorised reproduction), there are other and possibly broader concerns pertaining to orphan works.
|Roberto needed his friends's advice |
to choose a cool cover photo
This means that Facebook users have been making available over the internet millions of photographs [apparently 1.06 billion people use Facebook every month] for which it may become potentially challenging to determine who the rights holder is.
The easiest and quickest solution would be for Facebook to allow subscribers to decide the audience for their cover photographs, as it seems unreasonable (to say the least) that one cannot have control over who can see (and download) their cover photographs.
From a broader perspective, one might wonder what will be of these millions photographs in the coming years, after they have been available (and possibly circulated) over the internet for a certain time and whose relevant rights holders might have lost memory of/interest for them.
Does the future of World Wide Web envisage a scenario in which orphans are more numerous than works with parents?