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Facebook Confirms Copyright Notice Meaningless

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Millions of Facebook users have recently seen friends posting status updates that contain what they believe is a copyright protection notice. Facebook has now informed users that the notice is a hoax, and there are no copyright protection powers that are bestowed on this particular notice.

The notice doing the rounds of Facebook has a number of different variations that inform the reader that all personal material posted on the website, like photographs, comics, paintings, and personal thoughts are copyright-protected, and that none of these can be used for commercial use without the consent of the poster.

One popular version goes like this:

“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, writings, and expressions of all kinds, as my sole and exclusive intellectual property, as defined in the Berne Convention, and by US law, custom, and practice.. For commercial use of the above, my written consent is needed at all times and for all reasons, without exceptions.”

The message further goes on to state that any person can copy and paste this particular notice on their Facebook Wall, and that this will work as copyright protection.

You don't have to be a California intellectual property attorney to understand that there is little copyright protection afforded to a status update that is posted on Facebook. In other words, just because you post a message like this on your Facebook Wall does not guarantee any kind of copyright protection to your personal details and information, including your photographs and videos.

In any case when you use Facebook, you agree that you retain the copyright of any material published on the website, and that Facebook has the license to use this material.

US Foreclosure Process Slows down

Monday, November 26, 2012

American homes that are being placed in foreclosure are entering the foreclosure process at a rate that is much lower than just one year ago. According to the listing from RealtyTrac, between January and October 2012, there were 971,533 homes that entered the foreclosure process, an 8% drop from the same time last year.

The slow pace was also seen at the end of the foreclosure process. Banks repossessed a total of 559,063 homes through the end of October. That was a drop of 19% from the same period of time last year. Overall, lenders are expected to complete 650,000 foreclosures over the rest of this year, a drop from 800,000 foreclosures in 2011.

Salt Lake foreclosure lawyers believe that part of the reason for this drop is that there has been some improvement in the housing situation which is encouraging people to refinance on their home. In some parts of the country, housing prices have started looking up, and that has made it easier for homeowners whose properties are due for foreclosure to get a refinancing on their home. These people are now finding it easier to make their monthly payments.

In fact, these improved housing market conditions in many parts of the country are being credited for dragging people out of foreclosure, which can at least partly explain why foreclosure rates are dropping the way they are.

Besides, the overall economic condition of the country is beginning to recover. The national unemployment rate continues to hover at around 8%, which is not a great situation by any stretch of the imagination. However, the job market better than it was just a few months ago. That means that many people have been able to find jobs, and this has helped them avoid foreclosure.

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