Every now and then, a chain letter-like statement gets passed around on Facebook. These statements are usually in response to some kind of popular issue or legal situation regarding Facebook. If you’re like me, you’ve seen your friends post a long status about new Facebook guidelines and maintaining copyrights. The belief is posting this to your status will give you some kind of legal protection. Well it doesn’t. This is nothing but spam.
The fact is, when you sign up for Facebook, you agree to abide by its terms of service. Posting some statement on your status asking for Facebook to not use your information as it stated it would does not negate the agreement you made with the social network. Besides, do you think someone at Facebook is digging through every single status looking for a specific statement?
Here’s what you agreed to when you signed up for Facebook.
“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This 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. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).”
This is how Facebook conducts business. I know the thought of Facebook making money on the things you post is irritating, but it is what it is. The only thing you can do to get out of it is to delete your Facebook account.
Below is the spam that’s floating around. If you see it, tell your friends that this offers no legal protection.
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 any 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 you 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 of Facebook or under their direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. A violation of my privacy is punishable 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.