There's a lot of confusion about a copyright status making the rounds on Facebook. The bottom line: it is a hoax.
The status reads, “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!”
The message goes on to say that by posting the update on your own wall, you will be protected. The truth is that the social media site is not after your posts and even if that were true, posting a message on your wall would not protect you.
A Facebook spokesperson released a statement to reiterate the social media site's copyright policy. The statement to ABC News said, "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."
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