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December 17, 2012

The end of carefree Instagram use?!

Instagrams new Terms of Use suck

Do you use Instagram? Love it? Yeah? Me too.

But maybe not so much anymore. According to their updated Terms of Use, by using Instagram, you agree to the following:
1. Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, 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, except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service's Privacy Policy, available here: http://instagram.com/legal/privacy/.

2. Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.

3. You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.
So basically they can do whatever they want, with any of your images, use your username in promoting whatever they want. And they can do this without payment, without letting you know. Oh yeah and the license is also transferable and sub-licensable. Although that can be quite innocent, because they need this permission to store the images in different places. But combined with the other stuff, this is pretty worrying.

I wish this comes as a surprise, but it doesn't. I've been waiting for something like this to happen ever since Instagram was bought by Fakebook. I really like using Instagram, but this just really worries me. And it may be so worrying that I'll have to stop using Instagram altogether. Or figure out a way to slap a copyright prominently on top of all my Instagram photos in future.


Instagrams new Terms of Use suck

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