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Facebook Copyright Hoax Goes Viral Again

The message claims to put copyright protections on a user’s posts after they share the status update.

It typically reads:

“In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional 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!”

Here’s the thing: Facebook doesn’t own your posts. Under the social network’s privacy policy, they have the right to distribute and share the things a user posts, subject to their privacy and application settings. (Check out Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities here.)

The hoax doesn’t even have its facts right. A quick Google search will also show that there’s is no such thing as the Berner Convention. (Whoever originated it probably meant to write the Berne convention, which is an international agreement protecting literary and artistic works).

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5 thoughts on “Facebook Copyright Hoax Goes Viral Again

  1. It’s a shame that when they started Facebook and told us we had a right to choose who we wanted to be friends with and who we wanted to see and share our stuff to turn around now and say that anyone can use our info,pics,etc.We already know that big brother watches everything and listens to everything but geesh there really are some of us that are on here to keep in touch with family and friends and have fun,not all of us are criminals.Why must all our rights be taken away?Why don’t they just delete all the settings and garbage that doesn’t really mean anything ,it’s just taking up space.

  2. I’ve seen this all over FB! I guess some are unaware the minute you sign up for any social media platform or any smartphone app your privacy is over because you accepted the terms and conditions!

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