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The Facebook Copyright Status

Would You Please Just Stop

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I thought that they were done and dusted; I thought that this trend was over but once again this morning I see a slew of people posting the Facebook copyright status and I feel it’s time for just a quick reminder of just how pointless that is.
I’m sure you’ve seen it before, yes?

If not, take a quick look over the masterfully crafted law savvy piece:

‘In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, crafts, 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 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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...’

I’m sure that most of us can look at this and quickly realise that it has absolutely no meaning whatsoever. However it seems that the status is taking a quick rise again even though it first started circulating a few years ago.

Remember that little agree box we all ticked as we ignored the huge terms of service Facebook showed us? Yep, all of that covers anything to do with our content on Facebook and a poorly written status update like this won’t change any of that.

Derek Bambauer who is a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona commented on the update late last year and completely debunked the status:

‘There are so many things wrong with this notice, it’s hard to know where to start. It’s not clear what articles L.111, 112, and 113 of the 'code of intellectual property' are - Facebook’s terms of service operate under US law, where copyright is in Title 17 of the US Code.’

See? It doesn't even make any sense. If you don’t believe the professor, then take it right from Facebook’s ToS which we’ve all never read anyway.
‘You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings.’
There, straight from the horse’s mouse.

So please. Stop posting that status.

You’re just making yourself look silly


Tom has just graduated from University of East London in Creative and Professional Writing. He loves writing and is currently interning as a content writer hoping to go further. His other loves include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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The Facebook Copyright Status Reviewed by Tom Welby on Wednesday, January 07, 2015 Rating: 5
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