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Stop Posting About Copyright Ownership on Facebook
By: Jessica Cherok
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It is a brand-new year, and time for a brand-new reminder of an old fact — posting some legalese statement on Facebook about copyright ownership doesn’t do anything. Seriously, nothing.

Most likely, you have seen some variation of the following statement posted in your friends’ Facebook statuses:
 
Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of January 4, 2015, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to 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, video, texts etc. published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times. 

Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and or its content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook. 

The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to publish a notice of this kind, or if they prefer, you can copy and paste this version.

The statement sounds fancy, but it’s worthless. Facebook doesn’t make any claim to your photos, or any other media. Facebook’s Terms of Service simply allow the company to use them.

So post away without fear!

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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