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News: Instagram Still Owns Your Photos

Author: Guest Writer/Thursday, January 24, 2013/Categories: Uncategorized

The online photo-sharing service Instagram updated its privacy notices, making a big deal about how it has responded to its users who were alarmed at the revelation that Instagram can do whatever it wants with your photos.

What changed, exactly? Nothing. Nothing has changed.

Instagram doesn’t own your photos. But it can do what it likes with them. Which, really – what’s the difference between owning something and being able to do whatever you want with that something?

By using Instagram …

… you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post …

In other words: it can do what it likes with your photos. And so can anyone else. When you post to Instagram, you divorce yourself from control of your images. It’s not illegal in any way for anyone to use your photos off Instagram. So much for the integrity of the artist.

- Reilly Capps

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