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Will posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall protect your copyright and privacy rights?

Will posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall protect your copyright and privacy rights?

Users across Facebook are posting this to their walls thinking that it’ll protect them from Facebook “infringing on their rights”:

As of September 26 , 2015 at 1514 pacific standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste.

Now this hoax has been going on for some time now, but it continues to resurface a few times a year. 30 seconds of digging, or rather, Googling, will reveal that this type of posting will do nothing to protect your rights on Facebook.

According to Snopes.com:

“Before you can use Facebook, you must indicate your acceptance of that social network’s legal terms, which includes its privacy policy and its terms and policies. You can neither alter your acceptance of that agreement nor restrict the rights of entities who are not parties to that agreement simply by posting a notice to your Facebook account, citing the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), or referencing the Berne Convention. (One of the common legal talismans referenced above is UCC Section 1-308, which has long been popular among conspiracy buffs who incorrectly maintain that citing it above your signature on an instrument will confer upon you the ability to invoke extraordinary legal rights.)

If you do not agree with Facebook’s stated policies, you have several options:

  • Decline to sign up for a Facebook account.
  • Bilaterally negotiate a modified policy with Facebook.
  • Lobby for Facebook to amend its policies through its Facebook Site Governance section.
  • Cancel your Facebook account.

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/privacy.asp#2Pyg2ViJ62AQzD72.99

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