Instagram changes spark class action lawsuit

The lawsuit, filed by San Diego-based law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, says customers who do not agree with Instagram’s terms can cancel their profile but then forfeit rights to photos they had previously shared on the service.

“In short, Instagram declares that ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law and if you don’t like it, you can’t stop us,’” the lawsuit says.

I’m not sure that this is worthy of a lawsuit, but clearly Instagram did not think through these changes.



  • http://traveloffthecuff.com/ Mark D Wolinski

    Lawyers looking for a payday. This is an issue that a few snarky posts on The Verge and Engadget would certainly fix. Besides, it’s already well known that you can download all of your photos via other tools and then delete your account.

    • http://twitter.com/brunormbarros Bruno De Barros

      “Besides, it’s already well known that you can download all of your photos via other tools and then delete your account.” -> And that’s true, but, if this is correct, then when you delete your account Instagram is free to do whatever they want with your pictures. They’re not forced to delete them and they can use them in whatever way they want, if they want to.

      • http://traveloffthecuff.com/ Mark D Wolinski

        True. I stopped using Instagram after the FB purchase. Not so much in rebellion against it, just I was “socialed” out of all the different places to do things. After the most recent TOS debacle, I decided to close my account and went through and deleted all of my photos. 19 at a time, because that’s all you can delete in a “session.” Luckily, I wasn’t a big user, so in a few hours was able to purge my account. Now, whether the photos are still there or not, who knows. I also suggested that everyone who’s upset about Instagram pick a day and just post pictures of random gentlemen’s parts because, you know, Instagrams just being a **** over these TOSs.

  • http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido

    Reason enough to never use the service in the first place.