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.
And you won’t be able to “opt-out” – in order to protect your images you must delete your account by January 16th.
My heart is officially broken. Instagram has been one of the best photo sharing without being evil. The new policy disregards the rights of artists and photographers to be able to profit from their work. It also potentially violate privacy laws for individuals whose photograph has been taken without consent.
Instead of flat-out stealing users’ photos and selling them for profit without consent or profit-sharing, why not offer users the option to sell their photos and share a percentage of sales?
The idea of the app becoming a photo store isn’t appealing, but the need to monetize is understandable. It just needs to be done in an ethical way that respects the rights of photographers.
If Instagram moves forward with this new policy, Greenpointers has no choice but to delete our entire photo collection of more than 800 photos, and say bye to all our 1200 talented photogapher friends we’ve made in the past year. I might cry.
What are your thoughts? Are you prepared to delete your account?