InstaSCAM

Instagram

If you haven’t already read or heard, Instagram has changed their TOS Terms of Service. One of the key features to this TOS change is that not only do you lose your rights to the images you upload to Instagram, but instagram has the right to sell your images to whomever they see fit, without compensating you for your (IP) intellectual property.

Here is the rub:

“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.”

Now, I know this will kick the hornets’ nest and all the Pro- Instgram individuals will site that if you don’t like it the cancel your subscription. Well, they are right. I plan on doing just that. Why should I lose the right to my intellectual property, so that a company owned by Facebook can benefit from my artistic abilities without compensating me for my copyright or ownership of (IP)?

Here is something else to think about. Let’s say you upload to Instagram a fine piece of art that actually has merit. Then latter you get paid by National Geographic or Getty for use or rights that same image. I think Instagram can come after you in a law suit, for selling your image without permission. I think because you agreed to their new TOS they can claim rights to that particular piece of art, and sue you for damages in loss of potential income.

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