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November 28, 2012

Facebook Confirms it Does Not Own Users Content

By Monica Gleberman, Contributing Writer

If you are addicted to Facebook (News - Alert), or if you have logged in this past week to check your newsfeed, you have probably seen a bunch of people posting a pre-written message that claims to protect the information on their profile disclosed, copied, or disseminated by Facebook or any of its employees.

The message people are posting 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!”

Although that message sounds legal and binding – it’s pointless especially since Facebook does not own digital property from its users. Facebook spokesman, Andrew Noyes, who released a statement telling users that they should remain calm, confirmed that what you post on the social networking site remains your property. 

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“We have noticed some statements that suggest otherwise and we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the facts – when you post things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them,” said Noyes.

Even though Noyes confirmed that the website does not take ownership of your content, he did confirm that it does have a right to share your material within reason. “Under our terms, you grant Facebook permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings,” said Noyes.

Facebook’s sharing ability is still not something to worry about. It just means that the social networking site will be able to share photos, videos, and other content you post online according to your privacy settings. If you want all your friends to see it – then by joining Facebook and accepting its terms and conditions, you are giving them the okay to share the content. If you don’t want anyone to see it and you set that as your setting, then Facebook will not allow it.

So, begin changing those statuses and let people know to start a new chain message because this one is a hoax. 

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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