Facebook: A Social Toolbox

By which I mean, it is full of Tools. In respons to some new Facebook terms and conditions, which I cannot be bothered to read, millions of aforementioned tools have been pasting the following text into Bookface:

In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, status updates, messages, photos, videos, and all other personal content that I post online (as a result of the Berner Convention) on my personal profile page, anyone else’s page, or any business page. For commercial use of the above, my written consent is needed at all times.

Please note:

  • One cannot copyright one’s personal details. It makes no sense. Your name is not a work of art. It’s your bloody name.*
  • Your status updates are ideas, facts and opinions. You cannot copyright them**. Are you worries that Mark Zuckerberg is going to say he was in the shower when you were in the shower first?
  • You may be an established author or poet. If this is the case then why the hashtag would Facebook be your first point of publishing?!**
  • Messages… really? “Hi John, wanna go for a drink tomorrow? Love Clare xx” is not copyrightable, Sorry.
  • Photos and videos? If its a good photo or video, put your name on it. But I really don’t think Mr. Z is gonna try passing any of it off as his own.
  • When you post something on a business’ page, it is officially in the public domain. They are public pages… idiot. ∆∆

Oh and you can’t make legal statements in social media. Even if you could, it wouldn’t override the terms and conditions that you’ve already signed up to. Seriously people, pull yourselves together!

The reason Facebook needs to have rights to share your informations is because it’s a bloody networking site. Christ on a wooden cross!

In conclusion

The free service that Facebook provides me is frankly amazing. I hope they make a little bit of money by analysing my personal information and showing me adverts for pizza, dieting and debt relief.

Copyright Rattle Media 2012 ©, all rights reserved.***


Feel free to name and shame any of said tools by mentioning them in the Facebook comments below 😉


Corrections (following discussion below)

* Although not subject to copyright, personal details are subject to data protection laws

** Apparently you can as they are published text. Facebook shares a joint copyright that you have to agree to when signing up. Without it they couldn’t share data with your networks. If you were to publish a book or poem within a status update, your biggest concern should be people in your extended networks stealing it, not Facebook.

You own the copyright to photos and video that you create.

∆∆ Public domain is not the same as copyright-free. It does however mean that anyone can copy it and pass it off as their own. Protecting your art is your prerogative.

† Well technically you can… just don’t expect anyone to care. And it certainly won’t override the terms and conditions you have already signed up to.

*** See here

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