Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos. Delete, delete, delete!
Gregory Alan Bolcer stashed this in Essential Online Services
Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos | Politics and Law - CNET News
Not just sell your photos, but use your photos in ads: "a business or other entity may pay us to display your... photos... in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."
Is this Facebook's doing or was this Instagram's plan all along?
Under the new policy, Facebook claims the perpetual right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world's largest stock photo agency. One irked Twitter user quipped that "Instagram is now the new iStockPhoto, except they won't have to pay you anything to use your images."
They couldn't just do Creative Commons like Flickr did?
Does this apply to existing photos too or just new ones?
Arthur, the new policy applies to existing photos and new ones. All of them.
Compare with the policies of Google and Yahoo:
Google's policy, by contrast, is far narrower and does not permit the company to sell photographs uploaded through Picasa or Google+. Its policy generally tracks the soon-to-be-replaced Instagram policy by saying: "The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our services." Yahoo's policies service for Flickr are similar, saying the company can use the images "solely for the purpose for which such content was submitted or made available."
Why do I suspect most consumers don't care?
Facebook started using user photos in advertisements but abandoned it pretty quickly. Maybe they're using instagram to inoculate them with a horrendous change?
That's what it sounds like to me.
Either this is going to significantly hurt Instagram...
Or, more likely, a few people will leave and most won't care.