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Instagram's Dirty Little Secret? 

By reviewing Instragram's Terms of Service, you'll notice it says "By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content on or through the Instagram Services, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except Content not shared publicly ("private") will not be distributed outside the Instagram Services."

In layman's terms, if you take a great shot of an important historical event and post it to Instagram, don't expect to get paid for it as the news wire will already be using it, for free.

The sad part is it looks like a terrific photo sharing app.  If only their terms were more photographer friendly, we could take part in the fun as well.



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Reader Comments (7)

I'm deleting my account now.
January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
Could you or any commenter recommend a photog-friendly service?
January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy
Since most of these networks terms of service are less than ideal, a good way around them is to simply share a link to a blog post or website rather than actually uploading your photo to their servers. Facebook, TwitPic, Google Plus, Instagram and Flickr have all had their share of issues.
January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris
This seems to be standard fare for social media terms and conditions unfortunately. I try not to upload any of my actual photography to any of these sites, and when I do I post I upload a smaller size copy which hopefully can't be blown up sucessfully for any sort of advertising or corporate use.

Even the BBC claims similar rights if you submit a news-worthy photograph to them, so always check those Ts & Cs folks.

In response to Andy's comment, I belive have photographer friendly terms, but as always these things are subject to change. I'd read up on them before you commit.

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBryanM
Legal mumbojumbo they have to put in the ToS to actually do the stuff you want to (edit, share etc.).. same for Dropbox that got a lot of attention some time ago for it
January 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterroennow
This is no different then google+ or facebook
January 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertiffany
Fine with me.

You'd probably be one of the annoying people posting post-processed DSLR pics, missing the point of the service entirely.
January 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentera reasonable person
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