Facebook fined in Germany

1 March 2016

facebook mobile A German court has slapped Facebook with a fine of $109,330 after the social network failed to comply with a court order, after it was asked to make amendments to its terms regarding user content.

Facebook probably made a sarcastic boo-hoo face, and then fished over $100,000 from their loose change jar, and went about their merry way.

According to the Facebook's terms, anyone using the site "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."

Since the trouble started, FB dropped "royalty-free" and "in connection with" from the sentence in question, which had been disputed... but only for residents in Germany. Everyone else, for the time being, can whistle. "We complied with the order to clarify a single provision in our terms concerning an IP license a while ago. The court felt we did not update our terms quickly enough and has issued a fine, which we will pay," said a Facebook spokesperson.

If more countries take umbrage with Facebook owning everything you put on their service, and indeed, the 'Friend Finder' service coming under increasing scrutiny, as well as Safe Harbour problems on the site, Facebook - and other social networks - could soon have to find new ways of doing their business, or forever be hauled into courts.

One to keep tabs on.

TOPICS:   Social Media   Privacy

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