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 Instagram’s Response to recent media and user outrage. (I’m still not satisfied)
UPDATE DECEMBER 19,2012
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.
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.