|December 17, 2012
Instragram just updated their new terms of service today, and the fine print, while not shocking, certainly is concerning especially if you use the service to show off your work. Instagram has stated that starting on Jan. 16 the service will be able to use and sell your images for advertising without your knowledge and without offering compensation leaving users with the short end of the stick.
When you first read the new terms of service nothing seems to be out of the ordinary until you reach the ‘rights’ portion of the TOS. It explains what users of the service have authority over and in return what Instagram can do with publicly posted data specifically concerning advertising. While it says that you retain copyright of any material that’s posted (as long as you rightfully own it), you will be giving Instagram a royalty-free and no limits license to use anything you post as long as it’s posted publicly.