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Leaving Instagram? You Might Wanna Leave Twitter Too

Dec 18, 2012   |   Comment

Instagram updates its terms and privacy to users displeasure

All around the net today are folks raising hell about the forthcoming update to Instagrams Terms of Use, scheduled to take effect January 16, 2013. People are expressing displeasure and even planning exoduses to other photo apps. What changes in the terms could have sparked this?

Particularly, under the Rights section, changes in items #1 and #2 are the culprits. Under #1, declaring that Instagram has "a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license" is a notable change. But #2 is what has caught most of the attention. It includes:
...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.

(Many took this to mean that Instagram would start selling our photos to advertisers, and Instagram has addressed that concern, amongst others.)

Why does this all look so familiar? Ah yes, we've seen something very similar
in the Twitter TOS that is currently in effect:
...you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content [your photos are part of that Content] in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed)....

...Such additional uses by Twitter, or other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the Content that you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Services."

We're just saying...




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