We thought we should spread the word after Instagram stated they have the right to sell their users images without remuneration or consent. This has caused public outrage as privacy rights are clearly being disregarded.
This new Intellectual property policy comes into force on January 16th 2013 and the only way to protect your photos is to delete your account.
Facebook claims the perpetual right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organisation. This would include advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world’s largest stock photo agency.
This is outrageous as we feel this dilutes Instagram users’ fundamental commercial and moral rights.
The good news, as reported in the Metro Herald the above is no longer going to happen as a result of public uproar.
I have included the article below:
“INSTAGRAM has backed down over plans to sell users’ pictures to advertisers. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing website will modify its terms and conditions following a backlash across social media. In a blog post titled ‘Thank you, and we’re listening’, co-founder Kevin Systrom said the company had heard ‘loud and clear’ from ‘confused and upset’ users.The move follows yesterday’s Metro Herald report that the site had updated its legal small print to claim rights to any images and sell them to businesses without users’ consent.Mr Systrom said the changes were intended to show Instagram wanted to experiment with innovative advertising, but was interpreted that it was going to sell photos without any compensation. ‘This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing.’ He added: ‘Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this
has changed.’ Instagram, which has more than 30 million users uploading about 5 million images a day, was bought by Facebook for €530 million in April.The U-turn came after celebrities, including popstar Pink, urged fans on Twitter to boycott the app.”
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