This is a timely warning. Even if you are not an Instagrammer your teenager certainly is! They will have uploaded hundreds of photos of themselves. They will have signed up and ticked the Terms of Conditions box with barely a glance. They will trust that what they own will be treated as their own!
Recently however Instagram changed its Terms and Conditions without warning. The new rules suggest Instagram would sell users’ photos without compensation and introduced a mandatory clause, which would force users to waive their rights to file a class action lawsuit in most circumstances.
Mashable.com recently reported that following user outrage regarding the mobile photo sharing app’s changed Terms of Service, Lucy Funes, a California Instagram user, claimed breach of contract, among other things, on behalf of herself and others similarly affected. The lawsuit was filed despite Instagram reverting some of the clauses it had announced it would change.
“In short, Instagram declares that ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law and if you don’t like it, you can’t stop us,’” the lawsuit says.