Popular mobile photo-sharing service Instagram just updated its user terms and conditions, after having been snarfed up by deep-pocketed Facebook. The new legalese really sucks: among other things, they're asserting the perpetual right to sell and otherwise commercially exploit your photos, even if you're a teen, which many instagrammers are.
Some are calling it a "suicide note." It'd be interesting to see a chart comparing the rights-creep here to policies at other social media and photo-sharing services.
Some of the offending new bits:
# Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf. # You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.
I'm an avid Instagram user, often posting multiple photos per day. We also just launched an "official" Boing Boing feed there, where we share fun photos with a happy mutant vibe. I love Instagram! Love, love, love it! But I hate these new terms and conditions! I quit Facebook because I hated how much disregard Facebook had for my rights as a user. When Facebook bought Instagram, I figured it was only a matter of time before the same happened here.
On the instagram.com home page, a teaser description read, "It's photo sharing, reinvented. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?"
If you're giving up these rights, it's not free. You, dear user, are paying. In his post on the Instagram T&C debacle, Alexis Madrigal arguesthis is exactly why you should want to pay for software and services.
So, fellow instagrammer? When January 16 comes—or, hey, sooner—assuming they don't respond to the backlash by rolling back the rights-creep, will you stay or will you go?
* Bonus round: the clickbaitiest headline I've seen. And it worked; here I am, clicking.
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.