Given the difficulties surrounding Facebook and content ownership, the increased prominence given to the original embedded copyright notice by Facebook is positive, especially when combined with Facebook's amended Statement of Rights and Responsibilities ("You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook..."). It remains to be seen how this will affect users in practice.
According to Facebook's policies, you own any material, including images, that you upload online. Them does, however, declare in its terms and conditions that you grant it the right to "use" your material, which can be transferred or sub-licensed to its partners. This means that anything you post on Facebook becomes their property.
If you delete your post, they retain the copyright unless another policy applies. For example, if you use Photo Share to upload photos to a public page, those images are released into the public domain when you publish them. However, if you edit or re-share an image after uploading it, then you retain ownership of it and can decide what action, if any, is taken with regards to copyright.
Images uploaded through Facebook's official apps also become affiliates of the app developer. So, for example, if you upload an image using the Photos app, then Facebook uses that image under its creative commons license - which means that you can share it freely as long as you credit both itself and the photographer. However, if you upload an image using the Paper app, then that image becomes an asset of Paper (which gives users the option to release it into the public domain) but with attribution required to Paper.
Finally, if you take pictures with your phone then they will become assets of the mobile phone manufacturer, who will determine how they are used and whether they need to be credited.
You technically own all of the stuff you publish on Facebook, thus you have the right to copyright it. By putting something on Facebook, however, you:... give [Facebook] a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to utilize any IP material that you post on Facebook. This means that they can use your photos, videos, and other content without asking permission or paying royalties.
However, just because something is posted to Facebook does not mean that it has been licensed out by its owner. For example, if you upload a photo to Facebook from your phone and fail to delete it, then others using the network could download the image and reuse it in other posts or advertisements. Even if you've uploaded personal content and not advertising, there are still ways that it could be used by Facebook without your consent. For example, if I post a video of me singing on Facebook but another user downloads the video and uses it in a commercial film without my permission, then I would not want them to claim ownership over the content.
As well as being able to copy content, Facebook also allows companies to buy "ads" that display relevant to their business. If someone clicks on one of these ads, they may be taken off Facebook with a website or app showing. These can be anything from an individual page to an entire site.
Copyright law protects "original works of authorship," which include images, videos, and blog entries shared on social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube. Copyright holders have several exclusive rights, including the ability to reproduce, distribute, and publicly exhibit their works. Social media sites rely on copyright owners for permission to use their material; if they don't get it, they can't use it.
As a general rule, copyright applies to any original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. This includes writings, drawings, paintings, photographs, audio and video recordings. It also includes software and digital content such as web pages, e-books, and apps.
Social media sites are constantly changing and evolving, so what may be considered copyright infringement one day could be allowed another day. For example, when Facebook first started, using someone's photo without their permission was considered copyright infringement. Now, with photos being one of the most viewed forms of content on the site, we know this isn't the case. Similarly, when Facebook introduced custom tabs, many artists and photographers took them down because they were using their work without permission. However, now that they're an integral part of the site, they've become standard practice.
It's important to note that just because something is copyrighted, this does not mean that you cannot share it.
While this license terminates when you delete the content from Facebook or close your account, it does not apply if "your content has been shared with others and they have not erased it." In other words, if someone posts a copy of your material on their page or website, you would still be able to file for copyright infringement even after your account was deleted.
However, nothing prevents Facebook from claiming copyright over its users' comments. They could potentially block users from commenting using copyrighted material if they felt like it could cause legal issues for themselves or their partners. There are also legal ways for Facebook to remove comments without getting involved itself (such as receiving proper notice).
In conclusion, yes, Facebook comments are copyrighted, but only if you choose to claim them so. If you want people to keep sharing their stories with you, then you should probably claim copyright over them too.
At the moment, Facebook owns all of the data generated by its users on its website. This implies that the photographs, material, and even connections you have on Facebook are essentially Facebook's property. It can do with this data as it sees fit.
The company has repeatedly stated that it uses this data to provide a better experience for its customers, but it could also use your information to our disadvantage if it feels like it needs to. For example, Facebook may decide not to offer its services in certain countries if it believes doing so would be illegal or harmful to its image.
When you sign up to use Facebook, you are given the option of registering with a personal account or with a page. A personal account is associated with a single user identity, while a page is an entity such as a business or organization that can have their own page. Users can connect with pages they find interesting or useful, and pages can also connect with other pages. In addition, users can add friends who don't necessarily belong to a page; these are known as unconnected friends. Unconnected friends can be added through various methods including email, Facebook messaging, and our mobile apps.
A user can only have one active account at a time, but they can have as many pages as they want.
According to the Founder of the World's Largest Advertising Company, Facebook is a publisher and must be responsible for content. Otherwise, they would be in violation of federal law which defines social networking sites as public forums.