A very recent Facebook hoax has come into our observation that has swindled users into believing that sharing a particular copyright protection message as their status will award them legal ownership of photos, videos, and messages posted on their profiles and pages.
No matter how legitimate and promising the message appears, its actually nothing but a hoax and has ZERO importance to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) with regards to your privacy rights.
The privacy notice says something like this:
“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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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.”
Despite its use of big, legal and convincing words like “UCC Section 1-308” and “Berner Convention”, it doesn’t hold any legitimacy and legal authentication in reality.
We would like to highlight the fact that posting a status like this doesn’t protect a user from having their information fall into the wrong hands, if and whenever they make their post ‘public’. Anyone with an Internet connection and a social media existence is capable of making unfair use of your publicly available posts and nothing like today’s fake privacy notice can protect your legal rights over that information.
One should never forget that so long as you have your existence on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), the social networking giant reserves all rights to track its users and sell their data to advertisers and online marketers.
Most importantly, anything you share on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) may be held against you in the court of law as an evidence of your character, credibility, or habit. In Bass v. Miss Porter’s School, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99916 (D. Conn.), district court remarked that your Facebook profile can be deemed as a snapshot of your relationship with others and/or your state of mind.