Instagram slapped with class action lawsuit for terms changes

By on December 27, 2012
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Citing breach of contract, one Instagram user aims to bring the company down.

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It was only a matter of time. After changing their terms of service to kind of imply to their users that they now have the right to sell their photos without any compensation, Instagram made an about turn soon after a massive global backlash against their decision and reverted back to the older TOS to calm fears. But that hasn’t stopped one Instagram user from going a step further.

According to Reuters, a California user of the service has gone ahead and filed a class action lawsuit against Instagram over the above changes, citing breach of contract. The lawsuit claims that users who do not agree with the new terms of service do have an option to delete their profiles, but their previously uploaded photos are owned by Instagram with them having the right to sell it. It also aims to stop Instagram from implementing changes like these in the future. Though a suit like this isn’t entirely unexpected and we saw a similar class action lawsuit against Playstation with their long outage on PSN. The only problem here is that Instagram was smart enough to quickly revert back to their original terms of service after the backlash, so I’m not sure if those claims hold up anymore in court.

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