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Instagram Embedding Tool Aids Copyright Infringement, Suit Says

May 20, 2021, 6:46 PM

Instagram LLC’s embedding tool induces third-party publishers to display works posted by the photo-sharing application’s users without compensation, infringing their copyrights, a proposed class-action lawsuit alleges.

Instagram, through its corporate parent Facebook Inc., “created and encouraged the use of” the tool as part of “a scheme to expand and grow Instagram’s presence on third party websites to obtain a direct financial benefit derived from increased traffic, impressions, clicks and views monetized through advertising revenue on Instagram,” the complaint, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, says. More than a billion Instagram users have ...

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