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UPDATE: Facebook 'copyright' message bogus


CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A Facebook "copyright" statement was being shared like wildfire Monday on the social media site.

As privacy concerns continue to increase awareness among users, the statement seeks to add a copyright to 'all personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos.' and cites the Berner Convention.

A Google search for the 'Berner Convention' shows there doesn't appear to be such a document or policy.

Snopes.com, a website that monitors internet hoaxes and folklore, calls the privacy notice 'false' and refutes many points in the original statement.

Facebook's terms of service (TOS) which you agreed to when you signed up for Facebook, say otherwise.

They can be found here, but the short answer is "You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings."

But the sub-section beneath explains in greater detail: "For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it."

In short, making a statement that counters the TOS to which you've agreed probably won't hold much weight in court.

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