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Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos
"In its first big policy shift since Facebook bought the photo-sharing site, Instagram claims the right to sell users' photos without payment or notification. Oh, and there's no way to opt out."
Here's the link to the InstaGram post about the changes: [blog.instagram.com...]
..and the pertinent block of text from the (updated) Instagram TOS:
...maybe it's a translation problem between Facebook's corporate double-talk and plain-English?
"All your base are belong to us" is a bad translation in the 1989 Sega video game Zero Wing [en.wikipedia.org...]
Sharing Your Content and Information
You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:
1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
Closing my Instagram account? That's no fun. Better we remove all our good pictures, and upload the fuzzy and out of focus (or all black ones) we take by mistake.
Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?
...since apparently the service is not "free", (users need to give something up to use it -- their IP rights). I think this is a clear cut case of false advertising.
...claiming complete IP ownership for every photo posted to their system
The seem to push out things completely over the top and then retreat to something that would have been seen as egregious before but in the context of what they threw out it doesn't seem quite so bad.
Instagram Does an About-Face (NYT)
The controversy has driven traffic and new users to several other photo-sharing applications.
Pheed, an Instagram-like app that gives users the option to monetize their own content by charging followers to see their posts, gained more users than any other app in the United States on Thursday. By Thursday morning, Pheed had jumped to the ninth most downloaded social-networking app in Apple’s iTunes store, just ahead of LinkedIn.
Another runaway success was Flickr, Yahoo’s photo-sharing service, which redesigned its app last week to make it easier to share photos on Twitter. In a stroke of good fortune, it released the app to positive reviews just as Instagram announced it would no longer sync with Twitter, a Facebook rival.
The day before Instagram announced changes to its terms of service, Flickr’s mobile app was ranked at around 175 in Apple’s overall iTunes app charts. Since that day, the application skyrocketed to the high 20s.
FB dogma run over by karma?