The document, which Facebook refers to as “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities” (SRR), is open for comment to the public until April 27th 2012 at 5 p.m. PDT. Facebook last month announced it was going to make changes to its SRR, gave users a week to make comments, and has since reviewed and considered thousands of them.
In a post to its Facebook governance blog, Facebook explained why it is making the changes to its SRR and told users, who have become increasingly vocal, and aware of privacy issues on the website that “unlike other Internet companies, we propose updates to our SRR and give our users an opportunity to comment before they go into effect.”
Facebook’s post on its proposed changes to the SRR, which is more than 2,000 words long and addresses changes to Section 2, Section 3, Section 5, Section 8, Section 13, Section 14, Section 17 concludes: “We hope you find these responses helpful, and hope that we have addressed your concerns in the responses and in our revisions. Your trust is extremely important to us. Remember that, as always, you can receive notice of any future changes to our SRR by liking our Site Governance page.”
ZDNet contributor Emil Protalinski, who, like most of us, said he hasn’t yet had time to review the entire 9 page pdf document on changes to the SRR, but did note that the controversial provision remains, which requires users to agree that Facebook owns the trademark for the word “Book” along with 72 other words or phrases:
Here is the relevant text from the new agreement:
“You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Facebook, Face, Poke, Book, and Wall), or any confusing similar marks, except as expressly permitted by our Brand Usage Guidelines, or with our prior permission.”
Facebook has a total of 73 active trademarks listed with the U.S. Trade and Patent Office.
Please take a deep breath, count to ten, and join me now in logging onto Facebook, and typing the word “Book” two or three times in your status update, just for fun.