The Copyright notice going viral on Facebook is fake. Carry on.

Every couple months there seems to be a resurgence of these fake privacy notices and every couple months users seem to think they are real. Don’t worry people. Facebook is more interested in you promoted posts for your brand (or personal) page, than stealing any of your vacation photos. In the last week this post has been spreading like wildfire through Facebook:

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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

Definitely saw this all over the newsfeed and yes, it is fake. Facebook even took the time to refute the meme’s validity:

Fact Check | Copyright Meme Spreading on Facebook

There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.

So there you have it, Folks. Now everyone can go back to Facebooking in peace.

Did you repost the Copyright meme? What parts of it made it seem real to you? Do you have larger Facebook complaints on your mind? Leave it in the comments or share your thoughts on Facebook. Ha!

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