Alright, so if you’re on Facebook at all, you’ve probably seen all of the different things going around about the “copyright protection.” According to this, you’re popping this little message onto your status that basically says “hey, no one can take my stuff and use it for commercial purposes without my permission.” Sounds great on the surface, right? Especially when all that stuff came up last year regarding Facebook and them using your photos in the ads on the side.
So, Is it True?
But, like many of the issues that end up coming up around Facebook, this one is untrue as well. You see, even though you’re using Facebook as a way to store all of your photos and such and share them with your friends, they’re perfectly safe. They’re still yours. The whole thing is considered to be royalty free, and you don’t have to make any public declaration about whether or not you are claiming the copyright right for yourself – you already have the right to that from the beginning of your Facebook usage. The whole “declaring your rights” is just useless.
Why Does it Matter?
Contracts are a really important part of our lives. There are terms of service on every website nowadays, mainly because they’re required to be used by law. Those terms of service are meant to protect us; they are not meant to make us more stressed out or cause us to jump through more hoops. Many times, if you read them and you have a question about what they mean, you can contact the company and they will give it to you in plainer terms and answer the questions that you may have. Don’t skip reading the terms of service – they can really help you out in a pinch.