Nov 1, 2010

Charitable to whom?


Okay. Here's where being a pessimist is pretty easy. GE has a green thing going on right now, called Ecomagination . If you upload an enviro-type photo to their group on Flickr , they "donate" some clean energy to people who need it.

Sure sounds cool and all greeny-like. Think I'll check it out.
(Here's where the overwhelming whiff of "bad idea" comes into play.)


(It's hard to read that, but here's what it says...)

By authorizing this link, you'll allow Ecomagination uploader to:
  • Access your Flickr account (including private content)
    Upload, Edit, and Replace photos and videos in your account 
    Interact with other members' photos and videos (comment, add notes, favorite)

Umm... are you kidding?
By the way, here are the terms of their generosity:
...you hereby irrevocably grant to GE the unlimited, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, sublicensable, assignable, royalty free right to use, redact, republish, modify, crop, adapt, edit, copy, create derivative works of, perform, distribute or otherwise modify your Photograph including any intellectual property contained therein, together with your name, Flickr user name (if applicable),  image, likeness and identity of your hometown, in advertising and/or promotional materials for GE, in any medium now known or hereinafter developed (collectively, “GE Advertising”) in perpetuity, without payment or compensation to you, and without seeking any further approval from you.
Got that? Give us your photo (forever) and we'll donate some clean electricity to needy families. 
Trust us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

and they'll protect your privacy. Just like the Google. And the Facebook. They must have a policy, which means it must be true.