So a fair number of my friends have posted a copyright notice saying that because they posted something, Facebook no longer owns what they’ve posted. Here’s what’s getting posted:
In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, 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!
(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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status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…
Folks – This is NOT going to protect you against Facebook using your stuff in any way they want to, in many ways. To be completely clear, Facebook does not own the copyright to your material but they do have the right to use it however they want because of creating a Facebook account. You still keep the copyright, but assign Facebook as a licensee for use. It’s a small yet important difference.
What’s a small business or individual to do?
There’s a simple two step way you can prevent Facebook from owning you, er, your stuff.
First, create a website with a domain you own and host it somewhere you trust that has a solid terms of service. I recommend Bluehost for hosting (affiliate link). Post the stuff you want to own there – and link to it on Facebook.
Second, don’t post stuff you don’t want Facebook to use to Facebook.
Third, if you’re that concerned, delete your account and all your data and stop using Facebook.
It’s really that simple.