Facebook Law for Idiots: The Review

Let’s have some fun with the comedic aspects of this video and let’s see about what’s going on.

Well it came to me that though it’s a funny video and truthful over something this stupid. The story goes is that facebook user “Phil Fox” posed a block of text (written exactly AS-IS):

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 to their Facebook Wall. This will place them under 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 on the basis of 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. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103  and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members recommend to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and past this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once. you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements  such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates…

Well I would like to say that you have got to be this stupid to fall for this without having any sources to back it up. But for those who are smart enough not to fall for this bullshit, here’s a breakdown of the key points that makes this message all the more laughable

  1. UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 – If the first part of this part didn’t ring bells, then you fail as an economist. This is a bit from the Uniform Commercial Code, a series of laws that help to unify the states in terms of commercial transactions within the United States. The section listed,  has nothing to do with the above.
  2. The Berne Convention and the Rome Statute – In the video they layed out the meaning of the two laws. For Berne, it’s defined as a 126-year old swiss treaty that has nothing to do with the Internet. Well… yes and no. They forgot to add the words. “…concerning copyright.” If it didn’t have anything to do with the internet. No one on the planet would publish anything on it. The issue here is that it has nothing to do with Facebook. Under the Berne, your stuff is still yours no matter what. You can make that shit post and put onto blogger, wordpress, etc. and it’s still be yours. It’s just in the case of Facebook and like oh, I don’t know… EVERY OTHER ONLINE SERVICE EVER, they too have the right to use the content you make within their lines and there’s nothing you can do to stop them. As for the Rome Statute? Uh yeah, unless the power of the book from Death Note comes true and its rendered digital, you’re not going anywhere with being a genocidal war criminal by a single Facebook post.
  3. Words like Communiqué, Aforementioned, etc. – Big words make dumb people sound smart and smart people use it to make dumb people get the illusion that they know what the fuck they’re talking about when in actuality they’re not. Let’s define. Communiqué means a report or brief statement from a Public Agency. Nothing says it is otherwise and what report hmm? and Aforementioned just means something stated earlier. and Vis-a-Vis? Face-to-Face. Again big words make dumb people sound smart, but won’t hold up in court let alone a decent legal argument without having a gavel thrown at your head.

Oh and here’s this little tidbit:

“Yes, you retain the copyright to your content. When you upload your content, you grant us a license to use and display that content.”

Who said this? Facebook’s own help center, that’s who!

Basically I don’t know about the source of these face posts but it’s clear that only two people in this world can only make such a thing: Idiots who make knee-jerk reactions based on fear without looking at the facts themselves or Brilliant trolls that feed off the collective idiocy of the masses. Ether this person is an idiot or a chaotic genius bastard. Oh and in the long run, stop falling for every little thing that comes your way from a site that’s less credible than the radio-show hoaxes of the past but gain more followers than a cult.


2 thoughts on “Facebook Law for Idiots: The Review

  1. Thank you for linking to my blog! I like that you include a list of related articles, do you use a plug-in for that or do you look them up manually?

    1. You’re very welcome! and no plugin was involved. In wordpress.com’s own post editor there is a window on the right side called “Recommendations” which as you write the post, the window automatically searches for images and related articles to add into mine. When I wrote the post about the whole facebook hoax, recommendations gave me a list of all the articles that too dived into it and yours was one of them I choose to add. And from reading your article, it was very insightful.

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