CNET – Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry. The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out. Under the new policy, Facebook claims the perpetual right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world’s largest stock photo agency. “It’s asking people to agree to unspecified future commercial use of their photos,” says Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. That means that a hotel in Hawaii, for instance, could write a check to Facebook to license photos taken at its resort and use them on its Web site, in TV ads, in glossy brochures, and so on — without paying any money to the Instagram user who took the photo. Facebook did not respond to repeated queries from CNET this afternoon. We’ll update the article if we receive a response.
Zuckerberg is such a gangsta. Just declaring that as of January 16th he owns all Instagram photos and can sell them to whoever he wants for whatever he wants. “Like hey hot chick…guess what? You’re now the spokesmodel for youjizz.com! Congrats! Oh you don’t like it? Well I guess you shouldn’t have used Instagram then. Boom roasted.” Say whatever you want about the Zuck, but he’s as ruthless as he is devastatingly handsome. All I can say is thank god I never used Instagram. I mean honestly there is no chance I wouldn’t be the new face of Armani if I Instagrammed this picture. No chance in hell. Mogul city.