German Court Fines Facebook Over User Content Terms


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A court in Germany has fined Facebook 100,000 euros for refusing to make amendments with the court order regarding user content terms.

In 2012, Klaus Mueller, head of VZBV (Federation of German Consumer Organisations) filed a complaint against Facebook for not defining adequately the ‘rights’ pertaining to intellectual property rights such as photos or videos.

Facebook’s terms read, “grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP (intellectual property) content that you post on or in connection with Facebook.”

The regional court in Germany then ordered the social networking to explain the rights that users give to Facebook to use intellectual property rights.

Facebook, since dropped words like “royalty-free” and “in connection with” from the terms for users in Germany. However, the Berlin court came down heavily on the social media giant for not changing the wording adequately.

Facebook has issued a statement noting that the terms of service have been updated and it would pay the fine.

Sunil Prajapati

He is an alternative medicine graduate and qualified Web Technologies professional. He has nearly a decade of experience in clinical practice, healthcare IT and digital marketing. Sunil’s earlier ventures include offline and online applications for healthcare industry. After his family and son, he loves most fitness, food and reading. He is looking forward to bettering his personal best time in completing the half marathon.

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