About Intellectual Property

Facebook respects the intellectual property rights of others and is committed to helping third parties protect their rights. Our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities prohibits posting content that violates another party's intellectual property rights, such as copyright or trademark rights.


Copyright is a legal right that protects original works of authorship, such as books, music, film and art.

Generally, copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems or methods of operation. Some of these may be protected by other rights. Copyright may protect the original words or images that express ideas and facts even if those ideas and facts are not protectable by copyright. Sometimes, copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans or short phrases. In certain cases, name, slogans or symbols may be protected by trademark or other rights.

Learn more about reporting copyright violations.


A trademark is a word, slogan, symbol or design (such as a brand name or a logo) that identifies and distinguishes the products or services offered by one party from those offered by others.

Generally, trademark law seeks to prevent confusion among consumers about the source of products or services. The owner of a trademark may be able to prevent others from using its trademark (or a similar trademark) in a manner that would confuse people into thinking either that there is a relationship between the trademark owner and the unauthorized user or that the trademark owner endorses the unauthorized user’s products or services.

Learn more about reporting trademark violations.

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