Instagrams’s New Terms of Service: Sell Photos without Pay to Owners

Filed in Internet & Online Business, Social Networks, World by on December 19, 2012 0 Comments

What would you feel if you see your photos in an ad without notification from Instagram, more, no payment or even percentage of what they are being paid for? Well, this is the new meaning of the terms of Instagram. As we all know that Facebook bought Instagram so that people will be able to edit their pictures posted in their accounts using this application. According to their terms of service; that they can sell photos of Instagram users without any notification or payment and can still be viewed by its owners and users.

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Many speculations were posted in different social networking sites and news sites that these terms of service will allow the popular photo sharing app to use submitted photos, names and text for marketing purposes.

“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,” the new Terms of Use reads.

This new rule will set into effect until January 16, 2013, but users are concern of how will their photos will look when it is bought by different advertisements and without their authorization.

“The end of my Instagram account,” said Tumblr user Lee Djinn. “Deleting IG on 31 December 2012.”

“They [Instagram] inserted language giving them the rights to sell your photos for use in advertisements without notifying or paying you, or getting your permission,” complained Tumblr user Kenny Vee. “And there’s no opt out other than to delete your account by January 16th.”

“Alright, Instagram, nice to have known you! Bye, bye! Not angry, because you’re about to sell the pictures of users, but angry about that you don’t even ask,” said Peter Burger.

“What does Instagram now having the right to sell OUR photos have to do with safety or with avoiding spam? Absolutely nothing,” said another Tumblr user, , reacting to the changes.



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