Terms and Conditions - Attorney says think before you click

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DOTHAN, AL All it takes is a name, an email, and a new password before you can start sharing photos, tweeting, and snapchating.

But do you ever read the terms and conditions before signing up for a social media account?

"I never read terms and conditions on anything, I just click and go forward,” said April McKnight.

WTVY asked people in Dothan to read Facebook’s terms and conditions.

"Grant us non-exclusive, transferrable royalty free worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook,” said Vanessa Grant.

If they want to use your picture for advertisement and make money on it, they
can, and guess what? You won't see a dime.

It made this Dothan mom rethink what she posts.

“I want to take all of my baby’s pictures off of Facebook,” said Grant.

Joseph Lane is an attorney at the Cochran Firm.

He says most people don't read the small print before clicking "sign up."

“You are giving them permission, with possibly some restrictions to use it in any way they deem," said Joseph Lane, Attorney, Cochran Firm.

Lane says most social media giants all have the same agreement.

"That content whether you like it or not can be used by Facebook, and any of their affiliates in any way that they so desire, and they don't have to give you notice. They get an economic benefit and they don't have to pay you anything," said Lane.

Lane says when you sign up for a social media account, you've signed a contract.

"It's a one sided contract that says one entity sets all of the terms and conditions and the other party has very little leverage to modify terms, negotiate the terms in any way,” said Lane.

You either click agree or there won't be any sharing memories or snapchatting with friends.

"Most people want to use Facebook, they just accept it. What’s the point; they can't do anything about it," said Lane.

Most of these agreements can be modified without your notice.

"There are 1.3 billion Facebook users who are not going to sit down, read through that agreement and see what has changed,” said Lane.

Next time you sign up for a social media account, Lane says take the
time to read the terms and conditions, and remember, even though you can log onto your account, you don't own the account.

"The licensor or provider of that service can terminate your service, with or without notice so you don't use that service anymore,” said Lane.

Attorney Lane says if you ever try to sue a social networking service, you could only file the suit in the state where their headquarters are located. If you live in North Carolina, and the company is based in California, you will have to make a trip out west to plead your case.



 
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