Bad news: the “copyright notice” you’ve been reading (and sharing, ugh) is completely bogus and a waste of everyone’s time. Facebook owns the photos, videos, and statuses you upload, and that’s not going to change just because you say so.
But here’s something you can do that might actually make a difference.
When you signed up for Facebook, you agreed to Facebook’s Terms of Service (ToS). These are the rules you agree to play by so long as you use Facebook, period. They’re Facebook’s rules. Odds are you didn’t bother reading the ToS before you signed up, because Facebook was new and exciting and who ever reads that stuff anyway? No one does.
Half a decade or so later, we’re still bound by those rules—and that means that, despite all the hoaxes floating around today that might tell you otherwise, Facebook owns the pictures and videos you share. And you can’t opt out, ever, because you agreed to this:
(I’ll bold the important parts)
Your Content and Information
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. In addition:
For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us 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 IP 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.
When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
In short: if you upload a photo, Facebook is 100%, completely allowed to use it (or sell it) until you delete that photo or delete your account. This isn’t to say that it does any of this stuff—and in fact Facebook is adamant that it does not—just reserving the right to at some point in the future.
But those rules aren’t written in stone. Instead of posting pointless copyright notices, to your timeline, try something that might actually get something done. Say you don’t want the photos you take of your private life to be potentially sold by a company with shareholders whose interests aren’t yours. Say you object specifically to the wording of Section 2.1 of the Facebook ToS:
The photos, videos, thoughts, and all other intellectual property I create should remain mine unless I tell Facebook they can own it. Facebook should remove section 2.1 from its Terms of Service, terminating its “transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post.” Short of this, I should be allowed to opt-out of this agreement with Facebook.
Ask your friends to like and comment (or even share) if they agree.
Or better yet, send it to Facebook customer service.
It’s a longshot, but at the very least you’ll be sharing a sentiment that’s not pure misinformation and naïveté. Sharing fake copyright BS is an annoyance. Sharing a sincere grievance isn’t. But remember: until anything changes, Facebook will own the text of your grievance in full.
Everyone’s been there. You politely talk to some weirdo in a bar, and when the conversation ends, the guy wants your number. You’re nice and you don’t know how to say no. So you give it away reluctantly, and it can’t be fake, because he’s going to call you immediately so you have his digits too. Ugh. But because of a new app called Burner, you’ll never have to experience that horror ever again.
Gives you a fake number to use that you can give out freely because you can kill the number whenever you want.
It’s not just for fending off randoms. You could also use Burner when you’re making a Craigslist transaction, going on an OKCupid date, searching for a job, or completing a drug deal if you’re into that. You can use whichever area code you want, so if you want to fool a girl into thinking you’re an out of towner that she’ll never see again, you can do that (you asshole). It comes with enough credits for one number, but you can always buy more for $2 each. You never know when you’ll have to defend your phone.
Download this app for:
I got a neon pink pedicure earlier this afternoon and now I’m kinda regretting it, because Nokia seems to have co-opted the color pink, as well as the medium of nail polish, with this ridiculous Nokia Lumia-branded hot pink nail lacquer. Ugh.
As if Facebook-branded YSL eye-palettes weren’t bad enough, here comes Nokia, wrapping its meaty pink fist around what I was told today is “the” color of this summer’s fingers and toes.
The polish was designed by Duality Cosmetics and is being used in manicure booths at Lumia events in Denver, Dallas, and Los Angeles—where
label whores Lumia lovers can receive manicures to match their phones from Nicki Minaj’s own personal nail artist, Kandy Banks. Fancy. [DesignTaxi]
Dr. Augustine Fou is Digital Consigliere to marketing executives, advising them on digital strategy and Unified Marketing(tm). Dr Fou has over 17 years of in-the-trenches, hands-on experience, which enables him to provide objective, in-depth assessments of their current marketing programs and recommendations for improving business impact and ROI using digital insights.
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