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Facebook Fined 100,000 Euros In German Intellectual Property Dispute ( 23

An anonymous reader writes: A regional court in Berlin found that Facebook had not changed their terms and conditions statement to adequately address intellectual property concerns. The court fined Facebook 100,000 euros ($109,000) today, just one week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's visit to Berlin, where he was awarded the first ever Axel Springer Award for entrepreneurship and innovation. Four years ago, in response to a complaint filed by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), a German court found that Facebook's terms and conditions did not address the circumstances in which users intellectual property could be used by Facebook or even licensed to third parties. The regional court in Berlin ruled today that while Facebook did change the wording of the statement on intellectual property in their terms and conditions, the message remained the same.
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Facebook Fined 100,000 Euros In German Intellectual Property Dispute

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  • by fred911 ( 83970 ) on Monday February 29, 2016 @04:12PM (#51610319)

    Defiantly not punitive, leaning toward apologetic.

    • Re:Sounds cheap (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Carewolf ( 581105 ) on Monday February 29, 2016 @04:41PM (#51610463) Homepage

      Defiantly not punitive, leaning toward apologetic.

      Punitative damages is an American concept. In the rest of the world you either pay damages or a (usually fixed) fine. This was appently a fine. There is scaling of some fines for large companies, but it is still mostly exceptions, which makes even big fines almost laughably small to most companies.

      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        Here let me fix that for you "Punitive damages or exemplary damages are damages intended to reform or deter the defendant and others from engaging in conduct similar to that which formed the basis of the lawsuit." []. "Australia (tort cases only but do allow psychological harm as damages), England, Wales, New Zealand, United States, China (double losses) and Japan (note they replace punitive damages with a criminal charge so extra special punitive damages)". Just for fun there

  • Correctly if I am wrong, but aren't terms and conditions equal to toilet paper, or maybe even a EULA in court?
  • by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Monday February 29, 2016 @04:43PM (#51610481) Homepage

    The court fined Facebook 100,000 euros ($109,000) today

    I know all these wacky symbols are anathema to Slashdot, but you don't even need Unicode to write €.

    (assuming it works beyond Preview)

  • Zuk will just send them half the cash that he wiped his ass with this morning.
  • I can just see it now some Nazi is going to cash in by claiming an artistic picture of their sausages were violated and used by Facebook commercially, Now every sauerkraut in Germany can go after Zuks mega bucks for using any "intellectual property", almost as if Germany is turning into a clone of West Texas or Utah.

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