Facebook Responds To Copyright Rumors Circulating This Week

Facebook has responded to the rumors circulating this week that you can opt-out of Facebook’s copyright rules with a status update.

The social network released the statement: “There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”

According to Facebook’s rules, the social network owns the photos, videos, and even the statuses that you upload. As Gizmodo points out, “if you upload a photo, Facebook is 100%, completely allowed to use it (or sell it) until you delete that photo or delete your account. This isn’t to say that it does any of this stuff—and in fact Facebook is adamant that it does not—just reserving the right to at some point in the future.”

Since this past weekend Facebook users have been virally sharing a status update that has created the new conversation.

The message reads:

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 Berne Convention).

For commercial use of any of the personal materials I post on Facebook 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).