11/27/2012

You Have No Copyright Protection When Using Facebook

You cannot opt out of Facebook's terms and conditions unless you delete your account. So, I find it funny that so many users continue to post messages to their wall stating that they are enforcing their rights under the copyright law to protect their content from Facebook's usage. Note to friends and others: By posting on Facebook, you give up all claim to the material you post. How many times have you seen your fellow Facebook users post something to this effect:

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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

Why do you waist your time with this stuff? This statement does not confer any copyright protection for you. You remember the terms you agreed to when signing up for Facebook? Well, by agreeing to those terms and conditions, you gave away any hope of claiming ownership or copyright protection under the laws of the United States or pretty much any country. Just be mindful of what you post and figure that you are giving said material to Facebook. Good luck!




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