Your Facebook Status Doesn’t Make Your Page Copyright Protected [Video]
In the last couple of days, I have seen an influx of people on my Facebook feed posting a ridiculously long, and quite legal sounding status, basically stating that because they are posting it, all of the information on their Facebook page is copyright protected. They are wrong. Check out our friends at College Humor explaining why after the jump.
The status reads:
Today, November 27, 2014 in response to the Facebook guidelines and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts etc… published on my profile. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times. Those reading this text can copy it and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or to take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook. The contents of my profile includes private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 – 103 and the Rome Statute).
Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to post a notice of this kind, or if you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you have not published this statement at least once, you will tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile.
And there’s another that looks like this:
And the fine folks at College Humor took it upon themselves to explain what a lot of the terms in this apparent “legal posting” really mean.