By Andre Senior. CREATED Nov 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 26, 2012
A message has been spreading on Facebook that purports to protect your copyright and privacy rights against "changes" to the site's policy.
Experts say the chain letter is a hoax.
The message, which you may have seen posted to the Facebook user community by one of your friends, advises you to post a few lines of text to your Facebook wall to protect your copyright online:
"In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, paintings, writing, publications, photos and videos, etc. (as a results of the Berner Convention.)
For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times. (Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws.)"
There is no "Berner" Convention -- although the "Berne" Convention does protect literary works -- and Facebook doesn't own your data, company spokesman Andrew Noyes told FoxNews.com.
"Facebook has announced that they haven't released that information and that's not something they are recommending," said Brandon Barry of the Geek Squad at Best Buy in the Gulf Coast Town Center in Ft. Myers.
"There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site. This is false," reads an explanation posted on the company's website.
The privacy message has probably resurfaced in relation to the real news that Facebook was tweaking language about how it obtains data about users and advertising partners to "improve the quality of ads" shown on the site.
"They're not marketing or selling your pictures to people, they're selling your information to people," said Barry. “That’s why when you log on; all the ads on the right side always seem to be something that you're interested in."
That news is legit. But protecting your privacy by posting a few words online? It's not quite that simple.
"If you've elected the ‘Public’ setting, buyers beware because there are no limits for the information that you've posted so Facebook or anyone out there can use it without restriction," said Naples attorney Sean King.
Fox News contributed to this report.