Instagram New Policy : royalty-free use of your uploads

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Instagram New Policy : royalty-free use of your uploads

Postby tankee » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:16 pm

SAN FRANCISCO: Instagram faced a backlash Tuesday after the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service rewrote its rules to give itself the right to sell users' pictures for advertising without compensation.

"The language we proposed also raised questions about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement," Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said in a blog post.

"We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we're going to remove the language that raised the question," he continued. "To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos."

Changes to the privacy policy and terms of service set to take effect January 16 include wording that allows people's pictures be used by advertisers at Instagram or Facebook worldwide, royalty-free.

Twitter and Instagram forums were ablaze with debate regarding whether to delete accounts before the new rules kick in.

"Bye-bye Instagram," tweeted Scott Ninness. "Who in their right mind will use a service that allows your images (to) be sold with no financial remuneration to you?"

"Everybody should continue using Instagram but just take blurry photos of sandwiches," suggested a Twitter user by the screen-name Michele Catalano.

The new terms of service state, "You hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the content that you post on or through the service." The terms also state that "a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos, and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."

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Re: Instagram New Policy : royalty-free use of your uploads

Postby iRabbit » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:24 am

Begets the question, what price for a free Internet?

Heard they were sold to Facebook for USD1 billion recently.

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Re: Instagram New Policy : royalty-free use of your uploads

Postby sweetsnowy » Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:08 am

Selling our photos to strangers?...that is way beyond the line...who will still want to use instagram that way?

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