That Facebook Copyright Notice Is Worthless

There's a copyright notice people have been posting on Facebook over the past couple of days that is similar to a privacy notice that made the rounds several months ago. Before you copy and paste it on your own profile, stop. It's bogus and unenforceable.

Here's the full text of the waning post:

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook

Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook's direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates…

Good thing you cited the Berner Convention. Now you're definitely protected. But, reallym you signed up for Facebook and anything you post on Facebook is basically well, Facebook's. You've agreed to the terms of service and have been asked to continually agree to them as they've changed and evolved. And if you don't like it, don't use Facebook. And definitely don't fall for this "copyright notice". [Mashable, Snopes]



    Facebook can have my stuff. Doesn't really bother me.

    I am sure the shareholders will be thrilled that they have photos of my trip to Sydney.

      And every tourists dinner - let us never forget that.

      Sometimes you are quite naive. The actual content itself does not matter. They can use whatever you have posted to generate a accurate profile of you. Even if you lie and describe yourself as a 14 year girl they will know you're not. You have nothing to hide but if ever you do then you will not.

        What? Why is that any reason to be worried? Is Zuck going to create a fake profile of me now and pretend to be me? Jeezes, the majority of people aren't that interesting...

        This story isn't about advertising, it is about the content. It's about claiming copyright over content that you put on Facebook.

        Everybody knows that Facebook uses everything that you post to create a detailed advertising profile. It's how they make their money and why the service is free. I disagree that it's a bad thing.

        I told Facebook that I went to Sydney and posted lots of photos of Lego. Now I get travel ads, and Lego related ads. That hardly seems bad.

          Just remember to place the copyright symbol on your content.

          © - Alt + 0169
          ™ - Alt + 0153
          ® - Alt + 0174

    Unforceable, yes, waste of time, probably, but not "Bogus". It's perfectly legitimate to assert your rights over works you create, it's just pointless for Facebook because of your prior agreement with them via the ToS. It could even be useful evidence in future if you think you are the kind of person who is likely to end up in a protracted and expensive legal battle with facebook in the event of a future change in the ToS over use of your information inconsistent with your stated wishes, but you'd be better off sending a copy directly to Facebook and not posting it on your wall.

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