Facebook and the Privacy Hoax
Have you seen this in your Facebook “News Feed”? “In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional 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!”
Robert Scoble: “If you are posting about copyright on Facebook and you haven't done your research, you are an idiot.”
Facebook spokesperson Andrew Noyes: “…when you post things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them…you grant Facebook permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings."
Please don’t take my word for this. I don’t claim to be a legal expert, though the two business law classes I took in grad school were great. And before you start complaining about privacy on a social networking service you can easily stop using, make sure you’re already using the right privacy settings to keep your posts and activity limited to those you wish to share in them. Click the down arrow (upside down triangle) next to your name and the word “Home” on Facebook, select Privacy Settings and make your selections as appropriate to your needs. For example, I limit my posts to “Friends”. You can do far more than that, such as limit old posts, but be sure to read carefully any warnings before you do so.
Facebook: "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. 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. Click here to learn more - www.facebook.com/policies"
Read more in ABCnews, Slate, ITWorld, PCWorld, NYDailyNews, Forbes, and of course on the myth-busting web resource Snopes.com (currently so beset by requests on this topic, it can take a while for the page to load.)