Instagram to reap the benefits from your images
It has today been announced that Instagram will soon be able to sell your images…without your permission and without you receiving a penny.
What has been a fun free app, connected through Facebook for sharing images with friends and family, is beginning to turn ugly. The huge corporation has revealed that from 16 January 2013 it will have the right to sell and distribute any member’s images without their consent and the photographer will receive no payment for the image’s use by businesses and other public corporations.
There is no way to opt out of this and users you don’t fancy dishing their pictures out for free can only avoid it by completely deleting their accounts before the 16 January 2013. Instagram states that anyone who continues to upload after this date but then subsequently deletes their account will still be liable to have their images used commercially.
Facebook may not be intending to monetise photos taken from its Instagram site, but the company has continued to maintain its radio silence when asked for comments by CNET.
What do you think? Is this Instagram’s suicide note? Will you be deleting your account, or powering on regardless? We hit the social networks to see what our readers think about the move.
Laura Bradshaw: I've never used it ....Glad I didn’t
Chris Sharps: I've had photos seen on there that have led to a few being published and also a few print sales. Nothing major but it all helps.
Kate Knibbs: I think it is ridiculous! But it also makes me think I will just delete instagram and use other ways of editing my pictures. It basically makes a mockery out of IP.
Pamela Parton: I don't use it…never have, but I know of a lot of photographers who are deleting their accounts there this morning.
Jerry Lane: Well, they have permission if the user agrees to ToS. Personally don't approve of it at all. I'll gladly port back to Flickr. I never stopped using Flickr, mind. Instagram is now just another case of money before customers. A shame really.
Olkan Erguler: Sod Instagram I say! Won't share with them anymore... Is FB doing he same thing? Since they are owned by same company...
Jamie Willmott: I think that the move was to be expected since it brings it in line with Facebook's existing usage terms.
Gillian Jones: I started using it within the last couple of months, there aren't many photos on my account, and they are of my cat and my Lego advent calendar this month!! BUT how is it even legal?! The photos I take for Instagram are not ones I would sell, but why should THEY make money out of me?
Carol Corbett: Don't agree with that at all, how can that be right? I always put watermark on mine on FB. Just noticed you have to agree when you sign up. DON'T SIGN UP!
A lot of our readers have concluded that they will be subsequently deleting their Instagram accounts and all eyes are beginning to turn to Facebook to see whether it will follow suit with its own photo upload laws. That sound you can hear? That’s probably the sound of thousands of Instagram accounts dying a death thanks to this new move.
See Instagram's terms and conditions for the details. All content in this article is correct as of 4pm today.
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