Theft of intellectual property rights by Facebook & Instagram: Selling your photos, no royalties!

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The time to close your Instagram account is NOW!

    CNET: Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos

    In its first big policy shift since Facebook bought the photo-sharing site, Instagram claims the right to sell users' photos without payment or notification. Oh, and there's no way to opt out.

    Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users' photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.

    The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out.

    Under the new policy, Facebook claims the perpetual right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world's largest stock photo agency. One irked Twitter user quipped that "Instagram is now the new iStockPhoto, except they won't have to pay you anything to use your images."

    "It's asking people to agree to unspecified future commercial use of their photos," says Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "That makes it challenging for someone to give informed consent to that deal."

  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    How ironic that this turned up on the same day, but such photos submitted of 13-14 year old "sluts" could be licensed for sale under the new Facebook/Instagram policy effective for all accounts not closed by mid-January.

    The Local: Swedish teens riot over Instagram sex rumour: Swedish high school students outraged over sexual rumours circulating on Instagram about girls in the Gothenburg area barricaded a school in protest and turned violent when police intervened

    "They're throwing bottles and stones at the police and attacking passers-by and people driving past," Västra Götaland police spokesman Björ Blixter told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

    A student at Plusgymnasiet high shool in Gothenburg was outed as the owner of the anonymous Instagram account, a claim which has not been verified.

    "She is out of harm's way, that was the first thing we made sure of," Paula Hammargren, spokesperson for the school's owner Academedia, told The Local as she boarded a train heading for Gothenburg.

    The school has asked other schools in Gothenburg to "come and get" their students to calm the situation down.

    The turmoil was set off after an Instagram user asked for tips on "sluts" in Gothenburg, and promised anonymity to anyone sending in pictures. More than 200 pictures were submitted, giving names and alleged sexual activities of girls aged 13 to 14.

    Followers of the Instagram account ballooned as more and more pictures of Swedish teens labeled as "sluts" and "whores".

    "It grew to 7,000 to 8,000 followers. They were [pictures of] younger siblings of my friends, born around 1997 and later, that were uploaded," a 22-year-old Gothenburg resident told Aftonbladet.

    Once the Instagram account was shut down, the allegations then appeared on a Facebook page. Users began naming each other and the comments field was quickly filled with threats of violence.

  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Facebook never ceases to amaze with its sleazy behavior. I closed my FB account some time ago. Pure sleaze.
  4. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Things like this just reinforce my thinking that trying to deal with the ever-changing privacy settings and policies on Facebook is not worth the trouble of whatever benefit I could get from it.
  5. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Certainly good reason to put nothing of value on these sites. I think the problem is expecting to get a service that costs nothing. They will get your dollars some way some how.
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Facebook/instagram is backpedaling so hard you might think it's a tour cup biker on steroids.
  7. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Out some acquaintances last night who compete with FB. Lots of amused smiles over this f* up. Another pure sleazy gem from the moron who runs Facebook. They paid $1 billion for Instagram. Now're they stuck with it.
  8. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Yeah I saw the writing on the wall on this one, and I was right it didnt last a day. Facebooks IPO faceplanted and employees who were promised massive stock options (Now worthless) are leaving in droves...So management is looking for any means possible to make a buck.

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