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Gefakter Facebook Post: Declaration on copyright is useless

Totally pointless: The copyright statement, which is currently shared on Facebook, does not benefit the users.
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On Facebook is a fake and useless statement in circulation

For several days, a statement is posted on Facebook, which is supposed to protect the copyright of users. But beware: this is a fake!

"In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright applies to all of my personal information, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berne Convention). For the commercial use of the above elements, my written approval is required in any case! "

Users already share this copyright statement and publish it on their own Facebook page. What do you expect from it? They want to protect themselves from spreading their data without being cited as originators.

Although the statement sounded pretty official and seemed legitimate, we have to disappoint all Facebook users. The copyright protection statement is a fake and completely useless.

For example, there is no Berne Convention as mentioned in the text above. More importantly, anyone signing up to Facebook grants the social network the right to share posted data. However, the copyright is not transferred. Facebook does not own the data.

Advocate and blogger Brad Shear makes it very clear in an interview with abc News: Anyone who signs up on Facebook grants the network a "non-exclusive, transferable, non-fee, worldwide license to use any content posted by the user. Publishing declarations about copyright is pointless, "since they are already protected."

We therefore advise you to ignore the explanation and not keep it up. It makes sense, however, to always think carefully about what should really be published on Facebook. It could soon help a new feature that should prevent users from posting embarrassing photos on Facebook.