The post, which has recently popped up in some users timelines, says:
“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!”
The messages encourages the users friends to post the message on their own walls and then says, “By the present communique, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents.”
In fact, there are no “new Facebook guidelines,” the “Berner Convention” is a bungled reference to the Berne Convention — a 126-year-old international copyright policy — and users are still bound by the terms and conditions set by Facebook during sign up, according to a Times of India report.
I honestly can’t believe anyone believed posting a status update like this would protect them legally.
Reminds me of this:
[H/T: New York Daily News]