Instagram, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook, is the subject of a class action lawsuit filed in California federal court late last week. The lead plaintiff alleges breach of contract, among other claims, for proposed changes to photo usage terms and a planned move to mandatory arbitration.
South Florida Instagram users may want to review their account to determine if these pending changes in legal terms will alter their plans to use the Instagram service.
Proposed Usage Right Changes for Photos Posted on Instagram
Instagram Arbitration Provision Draws Controversy
Consumers also responded negatively to a proposed new language (below) in users’ legal rights. As of January 19, 2013, Instagram wants to subject all user disputes to arbitration rather than litigation.
Except if you opt-out or for disputes relating to: (1) your or Instagram’s intellectual property … ; (2) violations of the API Terms; or (3) violations of … Basic Terms … you agree that all disputes between you and Instagram … will be resolved by binding, individual arbitration under the American Arbitration Association’s rules for arbitration of consumer-related disputes and you and Instagram hereby expressly waive trial by jury.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, is Lucy Funes et. al. vs. Instagram Inc., 12-cv-6482.
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