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That Copyright Notice Your Friends are Posting on Facebook? It’s a Hoax

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Over the past few days, you might’ve seen people on Facebook posting a legal-sounding message on their wall, declaring that all of their photos and personal details are their own copyrighted property.

Well, don’t bother. It’s a meaningless hoax. As part of your agreement when you signed up with Facebook, you gave them the right to use anything you post pretty much any way they want, unless you delete it.

The post in question goes something like this:

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!

Here’s the deal…

If you don’t want them to use your info, delete your account. There’s an old saying that if a company is giving you something for free and not selling a product, then YOU are the product.  And that’s more true on Facebook than ANYWHERE else.

(Gawker / Snopes)

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