Newlyweds’ Defamatory Social Media Vow is Costing Them $1 Million

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Planning a wedding often comes equipped with dramatic, unpredictable circumstances; however, it is not always common for the bride and groom to attract drama after they say, “I do.” For Neely and Andrew Moldovan, memories of their dream wedding were allegedly held captive by their wedding photographer, Andrea Polito. A few months after their wedding, the couple announced on a local news outlet and several social media websites that Polito refused to give them their wedding photos if they did not pay an additional fee of $150, on top of the thousands of dollars they already paid. The Dallas-based duo gained a high level of public sympathy, which eventually led to the closing of Polito’s business and the downfall of her reputation as a professional photographer.

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Care to Share: Who Owns Your Instagram Pics?

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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.

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