"If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates.
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Which reminds me, I need to post a picture of my new pole lamps.
Under DCMA this allows you to do a takedown.
If you lived in a real country with real country (e.g. Canada or Mexico or the EU) you have even more rights and Facebook must comply with them, no matter what their boilerplate says.
On the other hand, Facebook can hire a heck of a lot more lawyers than you can, so you're still screwed.
But as you point out, the real issue is that FB can launch and endure a lawsuit much more easily than just about anyone.
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You don't know what copyright means. You don't know what the DMCA says, or even what it is called (not "DCMA"). You don't know anything about Canada or Mexico or the EU. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
But I'm sure you've got loads of examples of Canadians issuing DMCA takedown notices to Facebook asking them to take down content they themselves have voluntarily posted there.
Seriously, Will: how is it possible to be as stupid as you and still survive in the world?
It just gets old.
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And every time you make a post, you agree to them all over again.
In my mind, the passage (hang on...) read like a guarantee that a link to cheap boner pills or exciting top name sportswear was to follow.
I was actually disappointing to learn it's just the ramblings of a run-of-the-mill, confused American.
So it's the actual broadcast contracts and lawyers that give copyright protection to baseball games on TV, not just Bob Costas reading some boilerplate? Wow. That's shocking.
FB's terms are easy to find, and easy to understand: http://www.facebook.com/legal/terms . You own your content, but you agree to let them use it if you haven't specifically forbidden it (easy to do), and if you share it with other people they're going to see it. This is not rocket science, people; it's not even HVAC science. As evil goes, it's slightly less threatening than the guy who hangs pizza coupons on your front doorknob.
The only way to keep your privacy is by not sharing. Other than that they change their rules constantly, so essentially they own you. People need to understand: on Facebook YOU are the PRODUCT, ADVERTISERS are the CUSTOMERS. Your rights don't matter in the least to Facebook, despite any declarations they make in the press. Just look at their history of sudden policy changes, settings changes, etc, with little notice.
"Facebook is public, and you should assume that everything you do on Facebook is public and that everyone—friends, family, law enforcement agencies—can see it. Full stop. The end".
It is therefore fair to ask what his privacy settings are because if he walks the walk anyone should be able to see and access anything on his profile at any time.
It could be for charity!
But I have sat in on IP seminars for lawyers and did take Law in grade 10 and for business and military use.
The fact that you think a "warning letter" by a lawyer means you committed a crime is your problem, not mine.
A) That you would cite these events as proof of your legal prowess is some of the funniest sh*t I've seen on slog in awhile.
B) They apparently didn't do you any good, seeing as how you failed to understand one of the simplest applications of copyright law.
But thanks for the laff.
Security systems don't make you safer, they make you more likely to kill your kids sneaking out/in of the house.
Please tell me more of this interesting theory of yours!
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Here's a problem with your credentials, Will, and it's a familiar one with you: credentials don't protect you from the truth. If you were the bastard son of F. Lee Bailey and Johnny Cochran, with law degrees from Harvard, Columbia and Yale, that would make statements like "Under DCMA this allows you to do a takedown" WORSE, not better, because that statement is nonsensical.
So is everything you said @4. You haven't defended those statements at all, because you can't. They aren't true; actually they don't even make enough logical sense to be assigned a truth value.
Which is about what one would expect from the world's stupidest human being, who took "Law in grade 10" forty years ago, and has been packing his brain with overheard half-truths he didn't understand ever since.
The paranoia of knowing that anything I do on the internet could come back to bite me in the ass is tempered by the fact that I'm not very important. I'm not a public figure or of general interest to the public, and privacy settings aren't going to protect from the two main risks: 1) people who know me with some sort of personal vendetta. Any dedicated individual with a personal vendetta is going to be able to bypass privacy settings and passwords anyway. 2) Massive data leaks like the ones that have happened with AOL and Netflix that involve companies releasing data they believe to be de-identified that actually isn't. These are also not protected by privacy settings.
But whatever, you can probably test my settings out for yourself if you want. I'm sure you can find me on facebook with a minimal amount of effort.
Do you ever tire of being stupid.
FB complied pretty promptly, the first time in 3 hours, the second in 12.
Poof, the posts, and the entire threads were gone.