NOTE to Facebook users: copying and pasting legalese to your status update won't make any difference to your copyright or privacy, but it will annoy your friends.
Facebook users concerned about proposed changes to the network's privacy guidelines announced last week have been flooding the site with a legal notice that claims it will protect their intellectual property from commercial use.
"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.,'' the 213 word message reads.
"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 notice - which erroneously cites "the Berner Convention'', instead of the "Berne Convention'', an international agreement governing copyright - also contains a warning to users that failure to copy and paste it as their status update will allow Facebook to use their photos and personal information for commercial gain.
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