Facebook debunks content ownership hoax

Written by Russell Co. Posted in Internet, Networking, News

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Published on November 27, 2012 with No Comments

We’re sure many of you have seen the same status messages proliferating on your Facebook Timelines. The legalese is “supposed” to make sure that Facebook can’t use the content you post on your own page for commercial use and whatnot. Facebook has stepped in and issued a “Fact Check” against the it stating that:

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.

Popular hoax debunking site Snopes.com had already debunked the copyright message before and updated their site to include this recent hoax outbreak.

This recent hoax stemmed from the news that Facebook is looking into changing their data use policies.

The full text of the hoax is as follows:

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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