The Facebook “ethos” as it were, appears to be, “Let’s be evil.”
Freebooting, if you’ve never heard of it, is the art and science of ripping a video off of YouTube and uploading it through the Facebook video system. Facebook then uses the video and makes money off of the ads around it while the creator undertakes a tedious journey to have it removed.
I’m a copyright skeptic in a lot of ways, and I think the phrase “intellectual property” needs to die a horrible death for many reasons I’m not going to go into, but Facebook is getting away with murder here, and all it does is complicate the Internet. I suspect they have a class-action lawsuit against them in the making, but that’s another issue. What I suspect even more, however, is that no one really knows this is happening. BoingBoing hasn’t even talked about it, and this is sort of thing BB normally covers. With that, I present you with a few video explainers and calls to arms.
A related issue: