So you think you can copyright everything you ever put on Facebook...

A lot of people who should know better are putting notes on Facebook about their photos and other posts being protected by copyright.

I see a lot of people posting a note on their Facebook timelines declaring that everything posted under their accounts is protected by copyright.

The message people are pasting reads:

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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

The note -- a reaction to Facebook's new privacy guidelines -- is one of those fake blanket statements that carries no legal weight whatsoever.

This stuff pops up on Facebook all the time. But I'm surprised because a lot of people who should know better are posting it this time.

When you opened a Facebook account and started posting your photos and writings, you accepted the social networking giant's terms and conditions.

Try to remember that next time you think you can start imposing your own terms and conditions on Facebook.

Mashable's Stan Schroeder explains everything quite nicely in this article. Go read it.


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