This Instagram photo of Central Park could be sold to anyone who wanted to use it for commercial purposes…and the person who took it would never know and would never make money on it.
If you love Instagram and use it for photographs you want to sell, this news is alarming and may have you deleting your account.
The popular phone photo sharing app, owned by Facebook, says it has the right to sell your photos without payment or notification. This change in policy takes effect on January 16th. The new policy allows Facebook the right to license all photos taken with the Instagram App and sell to other organizations for any purposes including advertising.
You read that right! Your photo of the mountain landscape filtered perfectly that received 1000 likes and 300 shares and had your friends “ooohing” and “ahhhing” could become a postcard for a company and you wouldn’t get a dime for it.
Recently, Facebook changed its Terms of Service and re-wrote the privacy language across the board for the social sharing site. But, photos uploaded to Facebook already were owned by them. If you clicked agree with their services, you agreed to that already years ago. This is just a change with the company Facebook bought for $1 Billion a few months ago.
One issue with the change could be using pictures of children without parent approval. That could spark state privacy law issues.
Instagram says it can sell a photo like this to any company that wants it for commercial purposes. But, pictures with children used without approval could pose problems according to state privacy laws.
Now, there could be a shift towards Google+ which states photos uploaded there can be used to promote its own services but cannot be sold to other companies.
If you have an Instagram account and want to download all your photos and then delete your account, click here and follow the directions.
What do you think about this move? Will you stop using Instagram and stop posting photos to Facebook?