Here’s something I bet you’ve seen on Facebook (or, God forbid, have actually posted):
“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 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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…”
I bet you have also learned by now that all this legalese and smug “knowledge” of copyright law is a complete hoax and doesn’t keep Facebook orfrom sharing your religion, photos or drunk thoughts on with money-hungry advertisers.
If you haven’t learned that, I’m sorry to have to break the news to you.
By using Facebook, you are agreeing to whatever terms the site dictates. No matter what fancy words you update your status with, you won’t be do anything lasting besides looking like a moron.
No one seems to be claiming original authorship. The viral “legal” notice first popped up on newsfeed earlier this year when Facebook went public.
According to College Humor, here are other posts with as much legal validity as the above Facebook post:
*”I am exempt from taxation, alternate side parking, and talking to my mom’s friends.”
*”If you’re reading this, now I own your car.”
*”I get to have two bar mitzvahs.”
*”Cats love me as much as I love them.”
Now share this article with ten friends or a ghost will tickle you in your sleep for the next five years.