Facebook fined Rs 74 lakh for not amending rules

New York: A German court has fined social networking giant Facebook $1,09,330 (Rs 74 lakh) for failing to comply with a court order to make amendments to its terms regarding user content, Wall Street Journal reported.

In the Facebook case, the regional court in Berlin came down heavily on Facebook's terms that applied to German users. According to Facebook’s terms, users “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.” Facebook has since dropped them from the disputed sentence in its terms for residents of Germany.

“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,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

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