Instagram’s revised 2013 Terms of Use and Privacy Policy may not be better

Two steps back and to the side Instagram revised its controversial Terms of Use after reviewing feedback on and criticisms about its proposed changes due to take effect in January 2013. Kevin Systrom published a blog post a few hours ago in which he included the following: Earlier this week, we introduced a set ofContinue reading “Instagram’s revised 2013 Terms of Use and Privacy Policy may not be better”

The Facebookification of Instagram’s Terms of Use

Update (2012-12-21): Instagram has published a revised version of the Terms of Use. You can read about the changes in our follow-up post. Instagram announced changes to its Terms of Use and Privacy Policy in an innocuous blog post on 17 December 2012: Our community has grown a lot since we wrote our original termsContinue reading “The Facebookification of Instagram’s Terms of Use”

Wartime Twitter

Militarised Twitter We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead. — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js The recent Gaza conflict signified a shift in how battles are fought and publicised. Israel announced its assault on Hamas targets on Twitter and muchContinue reading “Wartime Twitter”

What changes to Facebook’s governance structure mean for users

An Overview of the Proposed Changes Introduction Facebook’s changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and its Data Used Policy generally attract a fair amount of attention and consternation. It’s latest changes are no exception and while there is reason for some concern, the proposed changes won’t have the radical impact many fear itContinue reading “What changes to Facebook’s governance structure mean for users”

Digital agencies that skimp on legal are negligently exposing themselves and their clients to substantial claims

Catch the highlights: I’ve noticed an alarming trend with many digital agencies and the account managers responsible for advising their clients on their digital marketing initiatives: they view legal frameworks as something akin to the undercoat on a wall. It seems to be a good idea although it’s better to keep it thin, hidden awayContinue reading “Digital agencies that skimp on legal are negligently exposing themselves and their clients to substantial claims”

Hangout: SME’s and taking your business online

Michael Cowen over at No Picket Fence just interviewed me in a Google+ Hangout about some of the legal challenges facing SME’s (Small and Medium Enterprises). The Hangout was streamed to YouTube live and is also available to watch now, after the interview concluded: Google+ Hangouts are terrific. They are easy to use, set upContinue reading “Hangout: SME’s and taking your business online”

Instagram’s new content license (it still doesn’t own your content)

Rian van der Merwe posted a tweet asking me to comment on the changes to Instagram’s Terms of Service: @pauljacobson I thought you might be able to shed some light? b.elezea.com/post/221145426… — Rian van der Merwe (@RianVDM) April 30, 2012 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Rian posted the new license from the terms on his one blog and IContinue reading “Instagram’s new content license (it still doesn’t own your content)”

Google Drive and the data ownership panic

Google Drive launched a couple days ago and some new publications are already writing about possible data ownership issues. It’s a common concern whenever a new service launches or website terms and conditions change. Darren Smith pointed me to an article by C|Net titled “Who owns your files on Google Drive?” which had a somewhatContinue reading “Google Drive and the data ownership panic”

Pinterest’s amended terms still leave users exposed

Pinterest (I am going to be a little lazy in this post and refer to “Pinterest” when discussing both the site and its creator, Cold Brew Labs) has been in the spotlight quite a bit lately due to its terms of service as well as content creators’ concerns that their content is being shared withoutContinue reading “Pinterest’s amended terms still leave users exposed”

Pinterest’s hidden threat to its users

We recently wrote about the questionable copyright implications of using Pinterest to “pin” images and videos to the site and to share these items with other Pinterest users. What we didn’t deal with in that post is the consequential threat facing Pinterest users that has persuaded at least one photographer and lawyer to delete herContinue reading “Pinterest’s hidden threat to its users”