Just when you think the Houzz bullshit is over, it's not.
I got an email from Laurie Laizure about the newest Terms changes on the Houzz website schedule to take effect on May 25th, 2018.
Among the changes are this beauty...
License and Permission to Use Your Content. You hereby grant to us and our affiliates, licensees and sublicensees, without compensation to you or others, a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid-up, worldwide license (including the right to sublicense through multiple tiers) to use, reproduce, process, adapt, publicly perform, publicly display, modify, prepare derivative works, publish, transmit and distribute Your Content, or any portion thereof, throughout the world in any format, media or distribution method (whether now known or hereafter created) for the duration of any copyright or other rights in Your Content. Such permission will be perpetual and may not be revoked for any reason, to the maximum extent permitted by law. Further, to the extent permitted under applicable law, you waive and release and covenant not to assert any moral rights that you may have in Your Content. If you identify yourself by name or provide a picture or audio or video recording of yourself, you further authorize us and our affiliates, licensees and sublicensees, without compensation to you or others, to reproduce, print, publish and disseminate in any format or media (whether now known or hereafter created) your name, voice and likeness throughout the world, and such permission will be perpetual and cannot be revoked for any reason, except as required by the applicable law. You further agree that we may use Your Content in any manner that we deem appropriate or necessary.
Oh, and if you give them your phone number they want you to know that they will contact you with their annoying phone calls. I'm not sure why they needed to update this, because we all know that they call incessantly trying to get every designer to sign up for their service.
These Terms provide important information to you, including your agreement to grant rights to your content, our limitation of liability to you, your agreement to resolve any disputes by individual arbitration and to waive the right to participate in a class action (described in Section 8 below) and, if you choose to provide us with your phone number, your agreement to receive calls and text messages from us in accordance with applicable law. By agreeing to these Terms, you agree to resolve all disputes through binding individual arbitration, which means that you waive any right to have those disputes decided by a judge or jury, and that you waive your right to participate in class actions, class arbitrations, or any type of representative actions.
If you want to band together as a community you had better do it now and delete your Houzz account if you care about how your content is used. If you want to cancel your account, you have to email them (I know! So 2000-late) at email@example.com and wait for a response.
Oh, and Laurie has an image that you can use on your social media until May 25th.
You might feel like you'll be losing out on attracting potential clients, but as I've been saying for like ever... YOU MUST BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR OWN TRAFFIC. Optimize your website and share on social media only when you're comfortable with their terms. If you're not cool with their rules, know that you control your own destiny by bringing clients to your website first!