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Facebook Responds to Viral 'Copyright' Status Update

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It's a hoax (shockingly enough).

You've probably seen it in your own news feed. Every so often, paranoid Facebook users will start copy-pasting a message about privacy or copyright and posting it as their status. This message usually says something about new privacy guidelines and Facebook's right to users content. Following the latest rash of these status updates, Facebook has debunked the myth and assured users that they own their own content.

In a post dubbed 'Fact Check,' Facebook addresses what it calls the 'copyright meme spreading on 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," the company said. "This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms," the social network continued, adding, "They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been."

Will this be enough to satisfy those frantically updating their status to declare they own the copyright attached to their content and Facebook has no right to use it in any way? Maybe, maybe not. We're sure another chunk of privacy legalese will be making the rounds a few months from now. Still, these folks would do well to remember that, whatever Facebook's policies may be, they agreed to Facebook's ToS when they signed up for the service. And that can't be amended with a status update.

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    mrmaia , November 28, 2012 1:08 PM
    Quote:
    "This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms"


    Yes, Facebook, sure. Your statement couldn't be more believable even if it was released by Santa Claus himself.
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    wannabepro , November 28, 2012 1:39 PM
    And this is why you release user information to advertising agencies.

    Facebook: For tools and fools
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    kellybean , November 28, 2012 2:15 PM
    Ditto on the Facebook is for Fools & Tools
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    chronicbint , November 28, 2012 2:31 PM
    Tinfoil hatters above, lol.
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    hate machine , November 28, 2012 2:37 PM
    chronicbintTinfoil hatters above, lol.


    Facebook users are resources not customers. Their real customers are companies who pay for ads and pay extra to have sponsored ads. Much like Verizon who has been shitting all over my wall lately. Also liking a company on FB is just a way they stuff more ads in your face via your news feed. I use FB but i have one profile pictures and 0 likes. Outside of Verizon shitposting all over my wall with "sponsored" posts I see nothing but stupid inane comments and pictures from my friends and family. They know nothing about me and I just ignore the hilariously mistargetted ads. It is the way people should use Facebook if you are concerned with all the shadyness of Zuckerberg and crew.
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    sam_p_lay , November 28, 2012 2:44 PM
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    Still, these folks would do well to remember that, whatever Facebook's policies may be, they agreed to Facebook's ToS when they signed up for the service. And that can't be amended with a status update.


    Haha well said!
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    mrmaia , November 28, 2012 2:45 PM
    chronicbintTinfoil hatters above, lol.


    Well then you should know more about how Facebook works. If you really owned and controlled your data, like it's stated in the article, you should be able to decide at least who will buy it, right? And I'm not even talking about monetary compensation here.
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    internetlad , November 28, 2012 3:14 PM
    mrmaiaWell then you should know more about how Facebook works. If you really owned and controlled your data, like it's stated in the article, you should be able to decide at least who will buy it, right? And I'm not even talking about monetary compensation here.


    If you find somebody who will buy the rights to my status about what I ate last night, I'll gladly sell it.
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    Anomalyx , November 28, 2012 3:53 PM
    internetladIf you find somebody who will buy the rights to my status about what I ate last night, I'll gladly sell it.

    No need, facebook already owns the rights to that status update, and every other update and photo you post. Yes, they can sell your uploaded pictures to whomever they want (read the TOS if you don't believe me)
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    NuclearShadow , November 28, 2012 4:07 PM
    While technically possible to put copyright transfer terms into a TOS (A certain big name casual gaming giant actually does this to employees if they made any independent games) Facebook would never dare try such a thing. The reason being someone could post something on Facebook that is not their property and by default Facebook would be claiming ownership. So lets say a person posts Mickey Mouse and Facebook auto claims ownership Disney could turn around and sue Facebook for both the claim and since Facebook is a private for profit company could claim that Facebook profited off the content and sue for even more. Even worse if the content in question is illegal and Facebook claiming ownership of that illegal content.
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    turbotong , November 28, 2012 4:16 PM
    After a contract has been entered into (such as FB & user via the terms of service), neither party has the right to unilaterally (by himself) modify the agreement. Hence, a user cannot change the TOS simply by posting a notice.
    There are two general exceptions (and a few other specific ones). 1. If both parties agree to modify the terms, then it is allowed (essentially a second contract). 2. If either party reserved rights in the original contract to be able to unilaterally modify the terms, this is enforceable (FB probably did this).
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    kingnoobe , November 28, 2012 6:45 PM
    Hey geniuses if you don't like facebook don't use it. Pretty freaking simple stupid haters. Facebook out to make money.. Well no duh derp derp.

    Facebook is a fine tool to keep in touch it's the idiots that make it worthless. Posting everything they do, putting up pics then complaining, not realizing if you don't want your info out you simply don't put it on the net in the first place.

    No, I'm not a fanboy of FB i rarely use it. Hell the only time I really did was while I was in afghan.

    Haters just think they're cool cause they hate when in reality hating just to hate make them sheep like most of the above.
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    hate machine , November 28, 2012 7:51 PM
    kingnoobeHey geniuses if you don't like facebook don't use it. Pretty freaking simple stupid haters. Facebook out to make money.. Well no duh derp derp. Facebook is a fine tool to keep in touch it's the idiots that make it worthless. Posting everything they do, putting up pics then complaining, not realizing if you don't want your info out you simply don't put it on the net in the first place. No, I'm not a fanboy of FB i rarely use it. Hell the only time I really did was while I was in afghan. Haters just think they're cool cause they hate when in reality hating just to hate make them sheep like most of the above.


    You are hating on the haters... Mr Sheeper McSheeperton from Sheepsford, Connecticut.
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    JMcEntegart , November 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    sam_p_layHaha well said!


    Thanks!
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