Facebook was fined $109,000 by a German court for refusing to follow an order about an intellectual property statement. A few years ago, the same court declared that the terms and condition of Facebook did not properly discuss the country’s intellectual property issues.
The court ruling was given in March 2015 following Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Berlin to get the Axel Springer Award. The regional court states that the message found in Facebook’s amended intellectual property statement is still the same and was not able to properly address the particular issue.
Facebook responded by saying that the said issue was not more on the message but on the timing. According to the site’s spokesperson, they followed the order to clear one provision in their terms, which concerns an IP license before. The German court, however, believed that there was no immediate revision, thus, a fine was ordered, which the site has to pay, Reuters reported.
Furthermore, the German court noted that it was not about the promptness by which it was amended. On the contrary, the ruling was made due to the key message, which was not modified in the terms and condition. The case centered on the amended clause, which applied to all German users in December 2015.
The German court stated that the key message in the amended clause remains the same with what was posted in 2012, therefore, a clear violation of the consumer rights. In 2014, an appeals court further affirmed the Facebook’s need to amend the statement.
Meanwhile, Facebook’s facial recognition technology has also been criticized, including the FriendFinder feature which has thrown Facebook in a legal fight earlier this year. In 2012, the District Court of Berlin found that Facebook violated the user’s right because of such feature. The same ruling was affirmed in Germany on Jan. 15, Wall Street Journal reported.
Facebook has removed the lines “in connection with” and “royalty-free” from the clause for the German users.