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Facebook message claiming users have 'copyright' to photos, timeline posts is a hoax

Facebook message claiming users have 'copyright' to photos, timeline posts is a hoax | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! |

If you do not want to fall into the trap, read this article. For once I do not control the information, I published this information on my facebook wall...! [note Martin Gysler]


A new Facebook hoax has some users thinking they own the copyrights to material posted to their pages.


A news message claiming that Facebook users have copyrights to their photos, videos and messages is a load of baloney, according to a report.


They don't.

The post, which has recently popped up in some users timelines, says:

“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!”


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Carla Matos's comment, November 28, 2012 4:50 AM
To protect copyrights of your facebook content you need to like this t-shirt. Also, if it reaches 10.000 likes it saves a puppy! Please think of the puppies!
Sharo Dickerson's comment, December 1, 2012 7:28 PM
I can't believe people continue to fall with messages like this...a hoax...reminds me of old chain letters.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 2, 2012 12:14 PM
Yes Sharo, you've totally right... I was not really proud about me ;-)
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What is Copyright Protection?

What is Copyright Protection? | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! |

Note: is a non-profit web site that contains basic and general copyright information provided for educational purposes only. The author and owner of this web site does not answer copyright questions, debate or provide free legal advice.


This page covers the basic definitions regarding copyrights. It has been written using the Berne Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Property (Berne Convention) as the main bibliographical source (other sources are credited at foot of this page), and does not refer to the laws of any country in particular. Therefore, comparing this document to the particular laws of your country may arise in discrepancies. Copyright laws vary from country to country but as a rule do not contravene or provide less copyright protection than the Berne Convention, provided the country in question is a member thereof.

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Pinterest locked in stalemate with image owners

Pinterest locked in stalemate with image owners | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! |

You're on Pinterest... like me... this post should interest you. [note mg]

Image-sharing site Pinterest has been in negotiations for months with photo service Getty. A breakthrough could dispel some of the copyright questions hanging over the hot startup — but one expert says not to hold your breath.

According to Bill Rosenblatt, an engineer and authority on digital rights issues, the two sides are likely in a logjam over how — or if — Pinterest should use Getty’s image detection software, PicScout. Getty acquired PicScout, which tracks images across the Internet, last year for $20 million.

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