Stop before you share! Facebook copyright hoax surfaces again

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(Courtesy: Jim Castel)

You have probably noticed your friends and family sharing a message about their photos, videos and images.

It encourages people to copy and paste a text and post it on their own walls if they want to be placed “under protection of copyright laws.”

The message claims to put copyright protections on a user’s posts after they share the status update.

There is just one thing to note, the message is fake.

It reads something like:

“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!”

Facebook doesn’t own your posts.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement, “We have noticed some statements that suggest otherwise and we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the facts — when you post things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them,” Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement. “Under our terms you grant Facebook permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings.”

CLICK here for more on their policy.

If you want to check your privacy settings, you can do so by clicking on the lock icon in the upper-right corner of your profile.