Only three months after Facebook purchased Instagram, it is announcing that starting January 16th, Facebook will be allowed to sell your photos to whomever they wish to and not pay you a dime.
The new policy claims that Facebook has the perpetual right to license all of the public Instagram photos to any companies or organizations, including for advertising, that it deems profitable. This would essentially turn Facebook into the world’s largest stock photo agency.
One twitter user tweeted:
“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 senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Kurt Opsahl. “That makes it challenging for someone to give informed consent to that deal.”
The only way to avoid the automatic agreement is to delete your Instagram account prior to January 16th- any photo uploaded after this date will be consent to Facebook to sell those photos.
Author and Software developer, Reginald Braithwaite, posted a translation of the new Instagram policy:
“You are not our customers, you are the cattle we drive to market and auction off to the highest bidder. Enjoy your feed and keep producing the milk.”
Paul Hudson | Elite.