[Hidden-tech] Instagram's TOS attacked by photographers

eddygold at aol.com eddygold at aol.com
Fri Aug 23 13:12:01 EDT 2013

Basically, according to these groups, Instagram's Terms of Use give the company ALL rights to any photos posted there, and there's nothing you can do about it. (Facebook's owned Instagram since 4/12.) 

Here's the lead from the press release:

"PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The AmericanSociety of Media Photographers (ASMP), joined by National PressPhotographers Association (NPPA), The Digital Media Licensing Association(PACA), American Photographic Artists (APA), This Week inPhotography (TWiP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Coordination ofEuropean Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage (CEPIC), GraphicArtists Guild (GAG) and American Society of Picture Professionals(ASPP), has mounted a campaign to address the far-reaching Terms of Useof theimage sharing service Instagram."

and this, the scary part:

"Specifically, the Terms of Use give Instagram perpetual useof photos and video as well as the nearly unlimited right to licensethe images to any and all third parties. And, after granting this broadlicense to Instagram, users also relinquish the right to terminate theagreement. Once uploaded, they cannot remove their work and theiridentity from Instagram. Additionally, in the event of litigationregarding a photo or video, it is the account holder who is responsible forattorney and other fees, not Instagram."

For more, go to the ASMP site (in case this link gets zapped in transit): http://asmp.org/articles/instagram-papers.html#.UheVvhbkj8s

As my Inner Grandpappy says, "It just don't seem right."


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