Another False Panic Falls Over Facebook

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Over the last few days, my Facebook newsfeed has been flooded with the same message.  Tens of my Facebook friends are once again copying and pasting a statement in order to notify other Facebook users of a new policy that will soon come to pass and to also protect themselves from its effects.

The statement starts by stating  “In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as result of the Berner Convention).  For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!”Rest assured that your material is not in any new danger.  Facebook is still working under the same terms and conditions that you signed when you first signed up your account.  Much like the scare a few months back that, Facebook would begin to charge users for “gold accounts” this scare is probably nothing more than a prank.

The full post going around is as follows:

(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.

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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

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Jamie Bates
Online Marketing Director