Facebook And Your Legal Notice Status Update

This growing trend all over Facebook of people publishing a Legal Notice as a status update warning Facebook that the content they have published on their walls is copyrighted and belongs exclusively to the user… Here is an example text:

“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!

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under the protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. My privacy violation is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).


This is all a wishful thinking… only. And there are a few of my views on it:

  1. When you, the user, decided to create a Facebook profile, you did accept the Terms & Conditions of the company. It does say that the content you publish is all yours… unless you are in copyright infringement. Read them next time here!
  2. So, you are on a Social Network interacting with Friends and Brands, publishing all sorts of content (some of it not created by you) and you would like Facebook to assure you that you have your privacy? Well, if you have any concerns, then be careful about what you are publishing.
  3. Facebook is a business (listed on the stock exchange one). As such, it needs to generate revenue and pay salaries and dividends to shareholders. It also needs money to continue providing you with the ability to connect with your friends on their platform. It basically needs to get cash to exist. I am sure that Mark Zuckerberg & Team would love to hear any great ideas that would generate revenue without serving targeted ads based on user behaviour. So go ahead.
  4. Last week Facebook did send an email concerning CHANGES in roll-out mechanism for new features and the user voting basis. It was not about your content, but about how fast they can go live with new features.  So they decided to take another road (I am not saying I agree) by asking for 30% of over 1 Bn user base to vote against (it’s a mighty number that can take forever to pass a new feature).
  5. You always have a choice to discontinue your publishing, sharing, connecting and networking on Facebook. It is only a few clicks away.
  6. I really would like to see this Legal Notice published in an original (not copying) way by every user of Pinterest… I bet you didn’t quite think about copyrighting your content there, did you?

I wish the people who published the above mention Legal Notice would reflect a bit on it before hitting “Publish”.

What’s your take?

Copyright © 2012 Borislav Kiprin. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Bibiana Nunes November 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I can’t imagine people having to pass a new feature. It’s about interpreting the data the users give you, not about them voting for a new feature.

    It has been proven over and over again that users don’t always know what’s best. Complain about a feature when it’s out and later on end up loving it.

    People don’t like change generally. The product will remain stagnant.

    Also, I have another thing to say:

    1. Borislav Kiprin December 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

      In general you are right – people don’t have to pass new features in the broad sens of such. However, when we talk about social networks, and in particular to Facebook’s case, we are looking at more and more features depending strictly on capability to user user data. In that sense, I call it voting for features/changes… The border is very shady there…
      I can mention the change of the timeline design and how advertising is served. That had to be voted… and at the end it was implemented for everyone anyway…
      P.S. Feature as a word was mentioned int he poll that Facebook ended yesterday. 😉