Facebook viral “copyright” status post: A hoax

Written by | Careers, Facebook, Social Media

If you were one of those people that would check out things on Facebook (or any other social networking site for that matter) and come across posts that have the intention to go viral and seemingly directly related to any protests, appeals, or “terms and conditions” related. Then here’s another one to look out for.

As posted on an online report, it states that these type of viral posts, specifically that latest one about copyrighting your updates is not something that works for Facebook. As mentioned on the Terms of service, Facebook doesn’t own user content but instead uses the data that it generates for business purposes.

If you’re wondering what the post looks like, it reads somewhat like what’s shown below:

“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!

(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 communique, 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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…”

Facebook has also released its own statement about this spreading post:

“There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”

So for those that sometimes want to start posting these things just because something went viral, this serves somewhat as a learning experience to perhaps consult the site or the companies actual pages that talk about their terms and conditions.

Last modified: November 27, 2012

Leave a Reply