Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 23:41 | By Relaxnews

Does Instagram plan to sell your photos?

Updates to Instagram's terms of use policy suggest that the photo-sharing site wants the right to use and sell its members' images without paying commission.


Does Instagram plan to sell your photos?

Does Instagram plan to sell your photos?

On Monday the world's tech media reported that Instagram had updated its privacy policy to make it easier for the photo-sharing site to share its data with parent company Facebook. The announcement was accompanied by a blog post that stressed "Nothing has changed about your photos' ownership or who can see them...Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups."

However, 24 hours later, many industry experts and media lawyers alike are beginning to question the veracity of those claims, as are numerous Google+ and Twitter users, having gone through the updated policy -- due to come into effect on January 16 -- with a fine-tooth comb.

In particular, in the updated Rights section are a number of amendments that suggest Instagram wants to sell its users' photos. "Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service."

So, by agreeing to the new terms, users are giving Instagram full rights to use their photos without compensation.

The same theme is expanded upon in point 2 of the same section. "Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, 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."

This could mean that the pictures a user shared about a holiday or a resort hotel could be used by that company to build an advertising campaign and again, the creator of that content would not be entitled to any commission or royalty fees.

Unfortunately, as site members will be unable to opt out of the new terms and conditions, those who don't wish to comply will have no other option than to close their accounts and delete their content before January 16.

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