By now you have probably seen people posting that long copyright message on their Facebook pages—but don't follow in their digital footsteps because it's totally fake.

In case you are still a bit puzzled, the message looks 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, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

This isn't the first time a message like this has made it's rounds on Facebook, and unfortunately, it probably won't be the last. While the exact wording may change, these messages normally encourage people to copy and paste text on their own Facebook walls in order to be "protected" from whatever artificial danger claims to be lurking in the near future.

According to ABC News, there is no danger—and the reasoning is simple:

Facebook doesn't own your media and there is no such thing as the Berner Convention.

Facebook has also released a statement reminding folks that when you post things to Facebook, you grant them "permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings."

This is all spelled out clearly in this little legal section on your page.

If you're still suspicious, you can check out this article on Snopes, a site that is dedicated to debunking internet foolishness.

Do you part to stop the madness by sharing this story in the comment section of anyone who posts this faux 'copyright' message.

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