Instagram can sell your photos without your permission - Dreamstime

Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos

In its first big policy shift since Facebook bought the photo-sharing site, Instagram claims the right to sell users' photos without payment or notification. Oh, and there's no way to opt out.


OK, Kids. Have fun with this little infringement on your creative rights.


Photo credits: Larry Spisak.

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January 03, 2013


inspiration takes only an instant. blogging can take a lifetime. yes, i care about artists rights and corporate conglomerates doing poopy stuff because they can. and there were a couple valid points here. but outside of the initial piece of information and the DT info on key differences in DT policy vs. [current villain of the moment being played by] instagram, I fail to see much of a difference between the coffee-clutch style self-righteous kveching between many blogs and posts. I, too, get sick of trying to have a meaningful online conversation with a friend without being bombarded by an invitation to have my online activity traced and my contact info sold in the name of a fb game. And apparently most the people I graduated high school with still live in the same town and subsist on a diet of football and bad beer. But maybe instead of constantly searching for something to complain about, we could opt-IN to actual lives. Maybe if enough humans do this, blogs would include more and more actual facts and constructive criticisms. Maybe a few more commenters could actually read the policy, read the laws it conflicts with, and site some of those? Otherwise it's just more sheople baaing, much like on FB. researching not up your alley? what if we, like, spent the time dreaming up a really cool piece of artwork instead? Or figured out why masses are flocking to instagram and find an ethical way to apply that appeal to our own businesses? It's not enough to break down what you don't like, or even what isn't working. We need to be building things that work better. DT has a good idea. How can you help that work?

December 19, 2012


Instagram says they are going to make adjustments to their policy. How wonderful! The fact that they tried to get away with it in the first place doesn't seem to bother them. And it wasn't a slip of the pen. It's in their EULA twice. They must think they are politicians. Do anything or say anything you want and then say you're sorry and it will all go away. Then they try and make changes that are just a little bit better and we're supposed to rejoice because they've made a change. Point is that even children learn they shouldn't do certain things in the first place.

December 19, 2012


Come on, it just cost a US dollar or so for a photo download. Buy from DT : (

December 18, 2012


Because you don't have a license if you don't pay someone...

December 18, 2012


Why should anybody buy images from Instagram if they can download them on their own from the very same site? Why pay Instagram?

I wonder if there are keywords there to help you find what you want. Probably not. But I am not a fan so I may not know.

December 18, 2012


I do not upload images to Instagram or any other site, and the few images I upload to facebook are very low quality. This is very bad.

December 18, 2012


Amazing. I think not participating in instagram would be one way to opt out :-) What happens when the models and their parents start hiring lawyers because they have not released their images for this use?

That is the crazy part - they seem to be opting out from the legal responsibility of selling images for commercial use without model releases. So YOU are responsible. And really, given the terms you are granting them this is exactly what we do here on Dreamstime - except for three key differences:

1. We can restrict the use to editorial if we don't have a model release or there are copyright issues.
2. They aren't reviewing the images posted for copyright and model release problems before selling them.
3. They don't pay you.

On Dreamstime or any other agency we are currently held to a high standard, but if one fabricates a model release and uploads an image it is not Dreamstime that is ultimately responsible - it is the contributor. On DT if a buyer uses an editorial image for commercial purposes then THEY are breaking the law, not you for uploading it.

The big deal here, in my opinion, is that there is a ton of existing content on the site that is not valid to use for commercial purposes, and that there are many who are just not in this business and will have no understanding that they need to watch out for a host of subjects and rules if generating content that can be used commercially. Sneaky business...

When it comes to social sites that we 'get' to use for free, I think we are mostly willing to part with some rights. I am putting an image on the web for people to see, I don't really care if it makes it to their home page and they get business because of it. I expect them to do that. But when they are selling content to third parties to do their own advertising, that is going beyond the "social contract"... I'll give up something to get something of reasonably equal value - but I will not give up everything for something of small value. And in this particular case the thing of value is very small indeed.

December 18, 2012


Just saw on ABC News that they rethought this idea. Never used it myself.

December 18, 2012


The worse is they will use your pictures in the advertisement and they will not say as is. It sound like they will make it as that it is your statement/advertisement or It's like identity theft!

December 18, 2012


Never used it, and never will :)

December 18, 2012


well... instagram has never been a topic for me.... and without knowing that facebook owns instagram I closed my private facebook account last week.... and I think my business account will follow the next days... and if facebooks buys whatsapp I will delete whatsapp from my phone... facebook makes no sense for professionals
... try XING.COM... xing is (for all I know) German made and a business network ment for high professionals and not for amateurs and children as facebook is...

December 18, 2012


I have been saying it for a long time FACEBOOK IS THE DEVIL! Any co. that gets so huge should be watched very closely. that would include, google as well others. everyone needs to vote with there feet here by deleting there acct at instagram AND facebook. thats the only way to fight these co.'s. they surly will withdraw the rights grabbing wording but we should NOT go back to them. stand up and tell them WE ARE NOT THE SHEEP YOU THINK WE ARE! we are actually what has made you so successfull, without us yo are nothing...look at my space for example.

December 18, 2012


Apparently you give up all those rights according the new EULA. In my opinion Facebook and their ilk are slime balls preying on people's desire to connect. There has to be a better way.

December 18, 2012


Amazing. I think not participating in instagram would be one way to opt out :-) What happens when the "models" and their parents start hiring lawyers because they have not released their images for this use?

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