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Instagram wants to sell images without paying copyright to users

In Instagram's first announcement of changes following Facebook's acquisition of the social image sharing network, the site team has just announced the new service policy and claims the right to sell users' photos without paying or notifying them. Like this, it looks like Facebook has just made Instagram profitable as a kind of photo agency from Mark Zuckerberg's partner companiesBut the real photographers, the service users, get nothing for that. The new privacy policy and terms of use of the social network take effect on January 16, 2013.

In the official blog post of the service, the excuse for taking this action was to facilitate the sharing of information between Instagram and Facebook:

Updating our privacy policy helps Instagram work more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share information between the two groups. This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system issues and reliability quickly, and build better functions for everyone by understanding how Instagram is used. (…) Updating our terms of service protects the user, prevents spam and abuse as we grow.

Now what this really means in practice is that Facebook will have access to Instagram profile and image information and be able to share it with advertising companies, as the company intends to make Instagram a profitable service by including advertisements on the site.

Another rather bold point is the fact that these new company rules are the power to freely exploit users' images without having to pay for them. Thus, Instagram becomes the copyright owner of the photographs and may use them commercially in any way they choose, including transferring the right to business partners.

In fact, this is not new to Facebook users, as the company reserves the right to posts and images posted on the service.

It appears that if the images posted to your profile are set to private, you do not risk having an image of you on the cover of a Facebook ad or one of the thousands of Mark Zuckerberg social network partner companies.

Profile> Settings> Photo Privacy

When you use a service, there are often charges that are paid in kind. In the case of Instagram and Facebook, these are services that claim to be free, but increasingly shows that to enjoy their platforms, users pay a very high price. Remember, when the free product, make no mistake, because the product you.

According to Kurt Opsahl of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, there is no term that identifies what happens if a user terminates the service account after January 16, 2013, which raises the question that, in this case, that same user can grant Facebook has an irrevocable right to sell these images in perpetual form.

Finally, the option to continue using the Instagram services of each user registered in the platform. Today, December 18, 2012, it's been six days since I closed my Facebook account for not agreeing with the company's policy, among other things. Today, December 18, 2012, we are no longer part of Instagram either. As I said, it is a question that should be taken by each of the users, whether or not to use a service that demands too much personal information.

So am I really curious to know what you think about this new Instagram privacy policy and terms of use? Let me know in the comments below.

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Additional sources: Cnet; EFF; Bits Blog NY Times; Instagram; St. Paul's Sheet

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