Why a Facebook Status Update Doesn’t Protect Your Copyrights

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“Concerning the new Facebook policies/ guidelines… Today, [insert date here], in response to the Facebook guidelines that I do not consent, and under articles L.111, 112, and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts, etc… published on my profile. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times. Those reading this can copy and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents, and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook. The contents of my profile includes private information. The violation of my profile includes private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 – 103 and the Rome Statute.) Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to post a notice of this kind, or if prefer you can copy and paste this version. If you have not published this statement at least once, you will tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile.”

If you use Facebook on a regular basis, my guess would be that you’ve seen this, or something to this effect in the past week or so. Probably many, many times.

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Posting a status update isn’t going to protect your copyrights

There’s one problem: it’s a hoax.

When you sign up for Facebook, you agree to their privacy policy, such as it is. When they change their policy, if you continue to use the site, you are tacitly agreeing to the change in policy. The other issue is, that you already have intellectual property rights over your photos, etc. It’s stated in their current policies. However, depending on the privacy settings you use, Facebook has the right to use your posts and activity (i.e. the spy bar on the right hand side of the screen that allows you to see what your friends are up to, or posts about so-and-so’s recent high score in the newest Candy Crush ripoff) for as long as you have your account. If you choose to completely delete your account, the full rights revert to you.

As usual, Snopes explains it better than I can.

But here’s the thing people need to understand: Facebook is a FREE service. You pay nothing for the ability to connect with friends and family, send messages, post pictures, play games (unless you choose to pay for them), promote your events and/or your business (to a debatable degree), and share the funny cat video your cousin Ernie just posted.

Also, no one forces you to use Facebook, and no one forces you to post private information and photos on it.

Think about it this way: imagine that it’s Christmas, and you give someone a gift. You put a lot of work and thought into the gift, and you’re absolutely bursting with happiness to hand it over and see their reaction. They open it, they’re thrilled, and they start to open the box. You yell out, “You can’t use it!” Or, later on, you’re dismayed to find out that the person has sold the gift to get rent money.

By giving Facebook your information, you are essentially handing them a gift. They then use that gift to make money for themselves. Data mining, targeted ads (although seriously Facebook, I do NOT have gout!), and promoted posts… they’re the cost of using the site for “free.”

A¬†Facebook status won’t help, And for those who say, “Well, it can’t hurt,” my argument is that it gives unwitting people a false sense of security.

The truth is, if you don’t like Facebook’s policies, you have two options:

1) Don’t post any personal information;

2) Don’t use Facebook.

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