If you have an account on the Instagram photo sharing service, there are big changes coming next month over who has rights to use your photos. And here’s a surprise, after the middle of January, the company can do pretty much anything it pleases with them.
The new terms of service state: “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 user name, 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.”
Here’s another surprise, no one (save Instagram) seems happy about that. Users that included professional photographers took to other social media to denounce the change.
The photo/social media app was first launched on iOS and recently added an app for the Android platform. Right before Facebook went public in May, it bought Instagram for nearly $1 Billion (the actual purchase price was not quite that high.)