If you’ve been on Facebook at all in the last few weeks, you will have seen this posted on a friend’s wall, and perhaps even posted it yourself:
"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 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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."
After doing some digging, BullGuard can confirm that by posting this to your wall, you are not protecting any of your content. This copyright message is not legally binding and would not prevent anyone including Facebook from using your information or re-posting your content. Upon signing up for Facebook, users grant the site “non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license” access to their original content. It is possible to refine who else can consume your content via your Privacy settings but when it’s all said and done, you cannot alter how your information is treated simply by posting a statement on your Facebook wall. We recommend that you limit your content on your Facebook page to your friends, and only your friends – here’s a couple of useful tips on how to set up your privacy settings
– and keep an eye on our blog for more info on online privacy.
Have you fallen for the fake notice above? How important is Privacy on Facebook to you?