Claim: Posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall will protect your copyright and privacy rights.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2015]
Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, 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 content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook.
The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).
Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to publish a notice of this kind, or if they prefer, you can copy and paste this version.
If you have not published this statement at least once, you tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in the profile update.
Origins: Messages about protecting your copyright or privacy rights on Facebook by posting a particular legal notice to your Facebook wall are variants of an item circulated several years ago positing that posting a similar notice on a web site would protect that site's operators from prosecution for piracy. In both cases the claims were erroneous, an expression of the mistaken belief the use of some simple legal
First off, the "problem" this ineffective solution supposedly addresses is a non-existent one: Facebook isn't claiming copyright to the personal information, photographs, and other material that their users are posting to the social network. In response to rumors about copyright issues that began circulating in
"We have noticed some statements that suggest otherwise and we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the facts — when you post things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement. "Under our terms you grant Facebook permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings."
Before you can use Facebook, you must indicate your acceptance of that social network's
If you do not agree with Facebook's stated policies, you have several options:
- Decline to sign up for a Facebook account.
- Bilaterally negotiate a modified policy with Facebook.
- Lobby for Facebook to amend its policies through its Facebook Site Governance section.
- Cancel your Facebook account.
As techtalk noted of Facebook users' current privacy rights:
Facebook adds, "[t]his IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it."
While the social network does not technically own its members content, it has the right to use anything that is not protected with Facebook's privacy and applications settings. For instance, photos, videos and status updates set to public are fair game.
Last updated: 28 September 2015
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