Facebook copyright hoax returns; sharers beware

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If you’re an active Facebook user, you may have seen it on a friend’s profile: a worrying message concerning user privacy and copyright — and how to fix it.

The only problem? It’s fake.

The post usually goes 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!”

The post is a hoax, and so is its alleged concern. Facebook does not own your posts. Also, there is no Berner Convention. Multiple reports suggest the initial poster may have meant to write Berne Convention, which was an 1886 international agreement concerning copyright.

Either way, it doesn’t matter.

“We have noticed some statements that suggest otherwise and we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the facts — when you post things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them,” Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement.

Users can read more about Facebook’s privacy and copyright policy here: https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms

The hoax has resurfaced after a similar trend that happened in 2012.

There may not be a button for it yet, but these shares certainly give some users something to “dislike.”





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