Media companies, creatives and the iPhone-obsessed have new concern to fret. CNET is reporting that changes just announced to the Privacy and Terms of Service policies for Instagram include language that will allow the photo-sharing website to sell the photos users upload without payment, notification or an opt-out feature.
From the article in CNET:
The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on Jan. 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 website into the world's largest stock photo agency. One irked Twitter user quipped that "Instagram is now the new iStockPhoto, except they won't have to pay you anything to use your images."
Backlash is already growing online. But it is unknown if that will cause Instagram to reconsider the move.
The complete changes can be read here.