Facebook: ‘Copyright’ Warning Is A Hoax!

Facebook 'Copyright' Warning Is A Hoax“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!”

‘No such thing’

It’s a frightful message and those worried that Facebook will own their photos or other media are posting it — unaware that it is a hoax. Here’s the truth: Facebook doesn’t own your media and there is no such thing as the Berner Convention. (There is a Berne Convention!)

“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 (https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms), you grant Facebook permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings.”

‘Don’t bother posting’

Brad Shear, a Washington-area attorney and blogger who is an expert on social media, said the message was “misleading and not true.” He said that when you agree to Facebook’s terms of use you provide Facebook a “non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any content you post. You do not need to make any declarations about copyright issues since the law already protects you.  The privacy declaration [in this message] is worthless and does not mean anything.”

Bottom line? Don’t bother copying, pasting, and posting. It was a hoax before and is still a hoax now.

Have you fallen prey to these “copyright” hoaxes on Facebook before? Tell us about other forms this hoax that you know of!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: Raw Signal

Putin Launches Kremlin Bid, Strikes at Opponents

Vladimir Putin accepted his ruling party’s nomination on Sunday to return to Russia’s presidency, while accusing foreigners of funding his political opponents in a reminder of the anti-Western rhetoric that characterized his years in power.

Putin said that ahead of both votes “representatives of some foreign countries are gathering those they are paying money to, so-called grant recipients, to instruct them and assign work in order to influence the election campaign themselves.” Foreign governments “would do better to pay off their debts with this money and stop pursuing inefficient and costly economic policies,” he said in a dig at economic troubles in Europe and the United States.

Putin, 59, was constitutionally obliged to leave the presidency after serving two consecutive four-year terms, but has remained Russia’s most powerful man as prime minister. The constitution now permits him to serve two more consecutive terms of six years, which could see him stay president until 2024.

Laying out the case for his return to the presidency, Putin attacked rival political forces, blaming the Communists for the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and saying those in power in the 1990s had “brought the country to the edge of the abyss.”

Since then, he said, the government had managed to “return the country its strength, self-assurance and respect in the world. All this was done with the participation and direct support of United Russia.”

“Russia needs a leader — one who is brave, strong, smart and capable not only of protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens but of reminding everyone of their responsibilities,” said Stanislav Govorukhin, a politically conservative filmmaker.


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