Have you recently seen copyright notices on some of your friends’ Facebook updates? They claim to prevent Facebook from owning or commercially exploiting their photos, videos and other content. The copyright notice implies that Facebook has recently changed the copyright provisions of its user agreement. It then asserts that user’s copyright over his Facebook posts. This copyright notice then instructs Facebook to request permission to exploit the user’s content, which is pointless as Facebook users agree to Facebook’s terms and conditions when they sign up to the social network.
Full hoax copyright notice:
Facebook official statement regarding this matter:
- There is no official registration procedure for copyright in most countries, including South Africa. Once you’ve created the work, it is instantly protected by copyright.
- You are not obligated to use any copyright notice in order to protect your work, you will have protection either way.
- It is highly recommended that you use a watermark on your photographs and images to prevent others from claiming it as their own, especially if you are a professional.
- There is no such thing as Berner Convention, but there is a Berne Convention which is an international agreement governing copyright.
- Facebook users cannot change any of the Facebook terms they agreed to when they signed up for their accounts nor can they alter any terms instituted by Facebook simply by posting a notice on their Facebook walls.