Careful all you Instagram lovers or your photos just may end up in places you never intended.
As Yahoo is reporting, the popular photo-sharing service hinted in its new user agreement that it might share your photos in ads.
Currently Instagram reserves the right to use shared photos in any matter it likes, though the photographers keep “ownership” of the photos. The terms of service also say users agree that Instagram can place ads “on, about or in conjunction with your Content.”
But the updated terms of service say users agree that their photos could be used “in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.” Which basically amounts to licensing your photos without paying for them.
Instagram’s new terms of service – which go into effect January 16 – were posted Monday on its blog, but the company didn’t elaborate on their intentions. But the gist is Instagram users cannot opt out of the new feature unless you delete your account before then.
In response, thousands of people all across the internet are canceling their Instagram accounts. Popular mom blogger, Heather Armstrong, for example, is a well known Instagram fan but just posted a photo on her Flickr account with the caption, “Goodbye, Instagram. Flickr, I have missed you.”
Good move, in my opinion. Not only because there is no guarantee how your Instagram photos will be used but because Flickr just unleashed a new iPhone app with sixteen filters, designed specifically to compete with Instagram.
Is now the right time to gloat that I have stood steadfastly by Flickr’s side throughout the whole Instagram explosion? Too soon?
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