The fallacy of “declaring your personal copyright” on Facebook

The fallacy of declaring your personal copyright on FacebookHave you seen this cut-and-paste status update in your News Feed today?

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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

According to Snopes, it’s a myth and doesn’t mean anything.

Even a quick Google shows that the “Berner Convention” isn’t real (it’s the Berne Convention), and that the “Rome Statute” is international law and has to do with the International Criminal Court’s ability “to prosecute genocide, war crimes, crimes of aggression and crimes against humanity in situations when the sovereign states themselves are unable or unwilling to prosecute said crimes”. (What that has to do with Facebook, I still don’t understand.)

There is no way to get around Facebook’s privacy policies (which have changed recently) other than to read them, understand them and accept them.

The other option is to delete your account and sever ties with Facebook. But no one really wants to do that, do they?

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