If you’ve been on Facebook in the past couple of days, you’ve probably seen friends posting long status updates “copyrighting” their posts, photos, updates, and everything else they’ve put on their profiles. It turns out that the whole thing was a hoax, providing some perfect fodder for mocking memes.
The post reads in part, “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).” It made the rounds this week.
“Despite everyone encouraging their friends to post their status on their own profiles, the message is “misleading and untrue,” Brad Shear, an attorney and social media expert, told ABC News.
Once the truth came out, the Internet did what the Internet does best: make fun of the whole thing with some mocking memes. Here are two of our favorites.
Conan O’Brien posted his own Facebook update declaring that “In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare my rash has stopped burning,” and complimenting Joseph Stalin on his singing voice, among other things.
And, of course, Boromir from “Lord of the Rings” had something to say about the joke.