Photography buffs and professionals should stop sharing those Instagram photos right now if they don’t want to be held responsible legally or financially for any of them beginning in the new year.
But that’s not all the bad news.
Anyone who uploads a photo on the site after the January date can kiss any rights or profits from the photo goodbye, as the new terms give Instagram the ability to use all photos on the website for free in a variety of ways.
One, they can use all photos for free in their advertising projects. Two, they can sell all the photos on the site to someone else for a profit, and without paying the photo taker or Instagram account holder a single penny made from the sale.
Makes one wonder how much photography lovers like the site now?
Even worse than losing the money that could be made off of personal photography work is the fact that Instagram, not the photographer, will own the rights to the photos submitted to their website beginning in January, according to Time.
Now it makes sense why the site was so user-friendly and people were encouraged to use the free social media tool so passionately. Right? The company was seeking to build its portfolio and move into the photo-selling business with an arsenal of products at their disposal–for free.
It’s like they hired thousands of photographers to work for them–for nothing. And people did. Will those same people “quit” now following Instagram’s new terms notification?
Many will according to an LA Times article, which even quotes an angry Twitter tweet from the wedding photographer of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
“Pro or not if a company wants to use your photos for advertising they need to TELL you and PAY you,” Noah Kalina said.
Instagram’s founder Kevin Systrom rushed to publicly deny the site is planning to use people’s photos in advertising, and for free.
But one graphic designer quoted by the Times had the best comeback to that statement.
“Thankfully we are all Internet savvy enough to know that people can say one thing and do another.”
(Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, Photo Credit: LA Times/AFP/GettyImages)