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Delete your Instagram account now! Don’t be a PRO BONO CREATIVE!


Greetings! I just read an interesting article about the new policies being implemented on Instagram. I am floored.  I got the little notice yesterday on Instagram but I just ignored it and figured it would pop up again. These changes are huge and they effect everyone, not just Photographers. While typically you might share what you ate for lunch yesterday at a snazzy new restaurant , what beer you are drinking tonight, or the cute face your child just made… you own the rights to those images. I get it, some people might be flattered to hear that their images could be sold for advertisements (and basically any other reason that Facebook/Instagram might see fit.) but as a photographer and camera artist, I am not.

The problem is, that your work could potentionally be sold, without any notification or compensation to you. Essentially, by continuing to share your photographs, your personal archive of your life on this service, you are giving up your freedom to create and maintain the rights of your work. You of course are still the creator and own the copyright BUT you are giving this company a HUGE benefit to profit off you and your photographs.  I feel this is a down-right dirty abuse of power by the “powers that be” over at Instagram. In other words they are about to start robbing users of their intellectual property rights.

Please, I urge everyone to take action and do NOT give up your rights just in the name of popularity. This is a serious lack of judgement by Facebook/Instagram. It is disgusting. For photographers sharing their work, they are hit the hardest. It is important that each and every one of us take a stand that we will NOT be treated like sheep, and generate revenue for another company without compensation or credit for our work. The worst part of this is there is NO WAY to opt-out.

You must delete your Instagram account prior to January 16th, 2013 BEFORE the changes take effect!  These social network monsters need a reality check. We need to stand up for our rights, and take action that we are not Pro Bono Creatives! I am encouraging everyone, photographer or not to stop using the Instagram service immediately and do not allow this blatant attempt to force advertisements down our throats, and now served-up with possibly our own creative works!  These new policy changes are UNACCEPTABLE & IRRESPONSIBLE.

I urge you to do your own research, read up on the changes and make an informed decision. Share this post, or at least the news with your friends, family, and any photographers.

See for yourself.

Read Cnet’s take on the matter here.

Read Instagram’s Privacy Policy (effective 01/16/2013)

Read Instragram’s Terms of Use (effective 01/16/2013)


Read Instagram’s Response to recent media and user outrage. (I’m still not satisfied)



If you want to quickly download ALL of your photos from your Instagram account before deleting it a really cool web app is available called Instaport. It was reported today by CNET.

Visit Instaport.


I have no affiliation with Facebook, Instagram, CNET, or Instaport. Use web application at your own risk. I am not and do not endorse any service. I’m simply spreading the love.

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22 thoughts on “Delete your Instagram account now! Don’t be a PRO BONO CREATIVE!

  1. Reblogged this on Traveling Thane Furrows.

    Posted by thanefurrows | 18 December, 2012, 8:49 pm
  2. Left Facebook 3 years ago…best thing I did with my life…..scoundrels, I tell ya! Great info!

    Posted by noir33 | 18 December, 2012, 10:12 pm
    • Hey Nior! That is one of my first to-do’s of 2013. Now that you can have a fan page from a personal profile, I have no need to be on there! Facebook is acting super evil with our content. Without us, no one would use their service. Free market research, and forced marketing to users. Boo!

      Posted by PixelGrin | 18 December, 2012, 10:45 pm
  3. Can anyone tell me where to find my Instagram account?

    Posted by naturesnippets | 19 December, 2012, 12:41 am
  4. hi there.. is it true or just a black campaign?

    Posted by johanesjonaz | 19 December, 2012, 2:04 am
    • Hi Johanes,

      At the bottom of my post I have linked the terms of use and privacy policies from Instagram, also I have added their follow-up post to the outcry of their users. In addition, you can Google up the new Instagram policies as of Jan. 16th, 2013 to see more opinion articles, and discussion of the legal language used. I’m not spreading rumors in any way, shape, or form. This is actually happening. By continuing to use their service, they can potentially use user added photos in paid sponsored advertisements. As the user you have no CONTROL over what content your photos may be affiliated with, and you would not receive notification or compensation for said use of those images. Of course, you still remain the copyright holder, but you give up your right to take any course of legal action over the usage of your content added to Instagram.

      EDIT: spelling.

      Posted by PixelGrin | 19 December, 2012, 3:12 am
  5. Reblogged this on middlekingdom1of10boyz and commented:
    I don’t use it but now I never will.

    Posted by 1of10boyz | 19 December, 2012, 8:41 am
  6. wow I just read the part that states this issue. wow. that’s bad.

    Posted by Marnelli | 19 December, 2012, 10:32 am
  7. Reblogged on saltireexile.blogspot.no. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Posted by Mjollnir | 19 December, 2012, 10:47 am
  8. Reblogged this on The Invisible Blog.

    Posted by Demetrius | 20 December, 2012, 3:59 am
  9. Reblogged on http://www.lainvisibleblogger.wordpress.com
    Hope things will change from now ><

    Posted by Demetrius | 20 December, 2012, 4:02 am

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