You know you’ve seen it – the Facebook copyright notice that’s been hitting your newsfeed in droves. Hate to be the one to break it to you, but it’s a hoax, just like the last time. The good news is that there are a few facts that we can derive from this:
- Facebook is a great way to spread rumors
- Some people are really gullible
- When someone tells you to copy and paste something to your own timeline, you can generally bet that it’s a load of hooey (not sure what hooey means, but it just sounds right for this particular application)
A very similar Facebook copyright notice hoax circulated back in May and June, related to users’ losing privacy rights with Facebook going public. Although it’s a dream come true for all of the conspiracy theorists out there, this is and was just another in a long line of hoaxes.
The “Berner Convention” is likely a messed up attempt at referencing the Berne Convention for the protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
But here’s the most important part…if you take a look at the redlined version of the proposed Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, you’ll see that the first proposed change is in Section 4 (Registration and Account Security) and relates to using your personal timeline for commercial gain. So nothing new, just someone who thought it would be funny to recycle an ‘oldie but a goodie’ and see how many people fall for it this time.
As Facebook states in Section 2 of their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities:
“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, and it’s a big one…
When you sign up with Facebook, you’re agreeing to grant Facebook “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 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.”
So what should you do if you’ve already posted this on your timeline and your friends have seen it?
Step 1: Copy and paste the following statement to your timeline:
I am sorry to report that my Facebook account was hacked by someone. It might have been Anonymous, but I’m not sure. In any event, that stuff that was posted to my timeline about Facebook copyright notice this and and violation of my privacy that…yeah, that was the result of the hacking. I’ve since regained control of my account and you shouldn’t see anymore hoax posts – at least until the next one.