Facebook Copyright Post a Hoax

A new post showing up on Facebook has some users incorrectly thinking they have copyright ownership of the images and content they post to the social media site.

The New York Daily News calls the post a “hoax,” and says that users are still beholden to Facebook’s sharing policy despite any legal notice posted.

Many of the posts start out with a section of text that 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 Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!”

Snopes.com, a site dedicated to sniffing out and debunking online hoaxes, also calls the posting false.

“In fact, there are no ‘new Facebook guidelines,’ the ‘Berner Convention’ is a bungled reference to the Berne Convention — a 126-year-old international copyright policy — and users are still bound by the terms and conditions set by Facebook during sign up,” the Daily News reports.

Snopes said the posting is similar to another hoax that circulated several years ago when website owners believed they could avoid piracy prosecution by posting a legal notice on sites.

“Facebook users cannot retroactively negate any of the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up for their Facebook accounts nor can they unilaterally alter or contradict any new privacy or copyright terms instituted by Facebook simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their Facebook walls,” Snopes reports.

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