We are humans. As such, we are social beings. We have grown up with many social associations : family, class mates, co-workers, sport teams, suburbs, cities, and countries etc.
Inside our social groups we become what we share. What, with whom, and how we share forms as much of our identity as our family background.
However, social media is drastically changing what it means to be social. Social norms are being invented about what, how frequently, and with whom we share even the smallest details of our lives. This, in turn, is having a tremendous impact on our sociology—including our expectations, behavior, and relationships, both with one another and with the world at large. It also has implications on our online privacy and what rights we can maintain while being social.
The pace at which social networking sites are growing and the fact that more than half of American adults have Facebook accounts mean that these changes are rippling through society in profound ways that will only become more pronounced in the years ahead.
In the age when sharing interesting and amusing photos is as simple as clicking a button, it can be difficult to source the original author of a creative work. Given that, for example, Facebook has ‘royalty-free, worldwide license’ that is also ‘transferable’ and ‘sub-licensable’ to anything you post, your images can show up on any site Facebook chooses to sell them to. Unless you make it clear that the image is yours you will have a difficult time to enforce your copyrights.
In this context, adding a copyright to your Facebook photos is one method to ensure that anyone who enjoys your work knows that you’re the author. Most of us do not do so automatically for all pictures we share.
At XcooBee we thought that a better way had to exist. Our solution is based on our bee paradigm where you engage little helper bees to do the work for you. In this case to automate tasks that protect your copyright to the images, even when images are resold. We have a selection of bees such as such as facebook, twitter, imgur, and linkedin specifically made to help protect digital rights. When using these bees, we will add visible watermarks and invisible digital fingerprints to the images automatically and every-time. If technology should change, our bees adapt.
In the end, you should be able to be social and share your pictures without given away your rights to them.