You might think twice before uploading your next picture. There is a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Instagram in regards to their newly updated Terms of Service. The photo-sharing company recently announced a change in their TOS that, in some eyes, relinquishes their users’ ownership of personal photographs they chose to upload. In theory, the Facebook-owned company would be able to use any added pictures and images to promote their own brand. The civil suit, based out of Northern California, contends that the pictures’ rights should be retained by the photographer and technically do not belong to Instagram. These proposed changes are scheduled to take effect early in 2013 and include the company’s advertising access to any personal information given by the end user. Read More
A lonely butt that caused an unconstitutional search
To quote an exhilarating and thrilling movie of our time, Superbad, “I assume you all have guns and cocaine.” This thought might have been running through State Troopers David Farrell and Kelley Helleson’s minds when they pulled over Angel Dobbs and Ashley Dobbs. The two women are suing the Texas State troopers for an unconstitutional body cavity search. They were pulled over for littering with cigarette butts on a highway in Irving, Texas. The state troopers suspected the two ladies of smelling like marijuana so they felt it necessary to pull them out of the car and search them. Angel Dobbs passed the sobriety test and the car was searched. They then continued to search their persons, going so far as to reach in their genitals. The women claim that State Trooper Kelley Helleson did not even change gloves when she searched each girl. Angel and Ashley are now suing for the humiliation and violation that was caused during the search.
It seems that film isn’t the only thing Kodak has been developing recently. The famous digital imaging and photography company agreed to sell their patent portfolio to a large group of companies including Google, Apple, and Facebook. Eastman Kodak, based in Rochester NY, is monetizing their patents to help recover from a recent bankruptcy. Economists are predicting that the $525 million agreement will help Kodak re-emerge from Chapter 11 in the first half of 2013. Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft are also members of the 12-company group of licensees. Read more