famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow
The Bottom Line Up Front: Attorneys informed me that if I posted to Facebook from my blog, then I was protected since my blog is copyrighted. If I posted directly to Facebook, then I was screwed.
You can repost anything I have written and posted on Facebook since I first write all my personal work on my blog which is copyrighted. Even when you repost I still retain my copyright.
I attended a seminar sponsored by the Authors Guild at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property of the George Mason Law School in Arlington, VA.
I was able to meet with several of the law students and their professor for an hour and then hear a talk by the general counsel of the Authors Guild.
A week prior to my meeting I had sent them Facebook’s draconian terms of service which are similar to all other social media sites in that they lay claim whatever you post.
I specifically asked how to protect my copyright in this situation since I had become so concerned I had stopped posting to Facebook. They researched this and informed me that if I posted to Facebook from my blog, then I was protected since my blog is copyrighted. If I posted directly to Facebook then I was screwed.
Fortunately, if I post something to Facebook from my blog and Facebook friends repost, then I still retain my copyright.
Fortunately, I mainly post to Facebook via my blog and never directly. So I will begin to post certain things again but I won’t post any of my personal writing about the South or other parts of m life which I plan to later sell to other publications because Facebook can change their terms of service without informing users.