Facebook copyright warning is a hoax

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MENLO PARK, California - The Internet is a great place to get some credible information on things you need or want to know about, but it's also a place for rumors and fake stuff to spread like wildfire.

You've probably seen your Facebook friends posting a message that says something about Facebook changing their copyright and privacy rights, and in order to prevent your information and pictures from being used, you need to copy and paste the message and post it as your status update. The full message reads:

Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of January 4, 2015, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc. published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.

Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and or its content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook.

The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to publish a notice of this kind, or if they prefer, you can copy and paste this version.

If you have not published this statement at least once, you tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in the profile update.

Well there's nothing to worry about. The message is fake. It's an old hoax that's just re-gaining some momentum because of the new year. If Facebook does ever plan on changing their policy, we're pretty sure you'll hear it from them, not your friends, or from a friend of a friend who liked this status update or re-shared the post.

So stop worrying and enjoy your Facebook!