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Think Posting that Facebook Copyright Declaration Protects You? Think Again

If you've spent even a few minutes perusing your Facebook newsfeed anytime in the past few years, you've likely encountered a post similar to this one (misspellings and grammatical errors let intact):

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 the 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 on this progile 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 stateament at least once, you will tactitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile.

Despite the fact that those spelling and grammatical errors should have been an obvious clue, this declaration has been shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook, reemerging with each notice from the social media giant that it's changing its terms of service. The next terms changes take place in January, so this crazy document again is making the rounds. But rather than protect social media users' content from unauthorized use, it actually only makes a poster look foolish.

The fact is that by creating a Facebook account, you legally accept Facebook's terms. Those terms state that any original content that you post on the site belongs to you. Posting does not transfer any measure of copyright to Facebook. However, posting content does afford Facebook a license to use and display your content in its original, unaltered form.

Bottom line, your created content is yours alone, but if you don't want it shared with others, don't post it on Facebook or any other social media site, particularly if its material you aim to commercialize. To fully protect your content and secure the right to sue for unauthorized use, contact a copyright attorney with Orlando's Daniel Law Offices at 866-37PATENT.

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