Facebook: Posting “Berner Convention” on Status Won’t Protect User Privacy

November 26th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

If you have seen your friends on Facebook posting legalese on their status updates in an effort to prevent the social network from “owning or commercially exploiting” their content, do not be tempted to follow suit.

Facebook released a short statement refuting the legalese that “as a result of the Berner Convention,” the user declares their copyright to their content posted and shared in their FB Timeline.

“There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false,” according to Facebook. “Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”

The pseudo-copyright notice has been around in Facebook since May this year and has since become viral, garnering a lot of attention.

Firstly, users retain their copyright over their Facebook posts even without posting a notice. Also, there is no such thing as a “Berner Convention,” but there is an irrelevant international treaty called “Berne Convention.” Lastly, users cannot just instruct Facebook to ask for their permission to make commercial use of their content. It is pointless actually, because Facebook users agree to let the social network exploit off their posts when they register in their service.

Source: Facebook Newsroom, via Wired


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