If Instagram becomes too popular will hipsters stop using it?

How much does a hipster weigh? An Instagram.

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I saw this article in the news this morning about the new policy change at Instagram allowing them the right the do whatever they want with your photos without payment, notification or even the chance to opt out. My thoughts immediately went out to the hipsters of the world. How will they be able to show the world what they ate for breakfast now?

I can’t stand hipsters, I hate their stupid ballsack crushing pants, their stupid haircuts and the fact that they ruined Wayfarer sunglasses for the rest of us. The thing i hate most about hipsters though is their use of Instagram. A current trend on the internet is to take some shitty hipster photo with “meaningful” words and write something logical over it.

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Despite my hate of hipsters, I understand that they are not the only users of Instagram. In fact, I use Instagram because of how easy it is to post and share to other sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Actually, if I’m drunk at the time of uploading, I might even put a stupid 1960’s filter on my image.

Instagram doesn’t care about your photos

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, comes 3 months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the photo sharing site and which takes effect on January 16. It states that 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.

Whilst it is true that all you need is a smartphone and an Instagram account to become a professional photographer, I doubt very much that Instagram cares about your photos of your dog, your cat or a bridge to use your photos for anything.

Lawyer speak

instagram hipsterThat said, I struggle to comprehend how a company feels like it owns the rights to something just because it was published on their service. Does Amazon or Google Books own the rights to the entire Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games or hipster favourite, Twilight because they have the e-books on their service?

The best part of this whole policy change however is the bit where it immunises itself it from liability and class action lawsuits. The language stresses, twice in the same paragraph, that “we will not be liable for any use or disclosure of content” and “Instagram will not be liable for any use or disclosure of any content you provide.”

I’ve been thinking long and hard about this and have decided to write my own liability release using big lawyer speak… “Upon being allowed entry into noted banking institution, the aforementioned party will not be held liable for any actions or consequences that may occur. The banking institution holds no right take legal action or seek monetary compensation for any losses incurred.”

I know that America is the most litigious country in the world and you can be taken to court for anything apart from owning a handgun but where are we going to end up?

With this policy change at Instagram, the hipsters of the world need to unite as one and fight the man. I doubt that they will though, they will probably just write some shit on a rock, photograph it and put a crap filter on it.

Me? I’m going to rob a bank.

Update: Since i posted this earlier Instagram have responded with this.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Spam on Instagram is ridiculous. Frankly, the spam is more reason for me to move to a different site than this new privacy policy. The internet is owned by advertisers as long as I still own my photos and can sell them without repercussion, I’m going to stay with Instagram and the awesome photography community it fosters.

  2. I smell a Class-War! A war of classes. ie: if you are middle-class you screw the lower classes. Upper-class screw the middle and lower. Top-class you screw everyone, everywhere and create 1world of litigation (can only be afforded by the upper-class or higher) and demand an unreasonable amount of the wealth/food/oil/whatever for yourself. The poor people are sick of the Evil soul people that control them… hence why there is a global unrest. An by the way it looks the poor people are winning. The rich control the guns (armies, navies, airforces) though so expect them to create a war of lies real soon.

  3. It’s the deceitful way corporations are trying to waive liability but getting consumers to agree to dodgy terms of service and where does it end. Where does it cross a boundary of rights.

    How would you feel if your employer turned around this afternoon and said, we are drawing up a new employment contract. From now on we’re only going to pay you $5 per hour and no superannuation. It doesn’t matter that this is breaking rights the that you are normally allowed because we have created this new contract and you can either agree to waive your rights and sign the contract or choose not to work here anymore

  4. People have to think about possible reasons for everything.. Not just the reason that they are sold or told that is true. such as: why there is a gps in your phone? why would someone want my information.. why would someone want to know if I like cats or cars and so on..

    Pretty much people just have to think and care about things more rather than just sharing stuff.

  5. They will be using all your information, location, interests, friends.. everything in order to put you into a category of what kind of person you are so that they can sell targeted advertising to company’s every where you go.
    Why else would they spend money running free services for everyone to use. Out of the kindness of their hearts? lol obviously not.. To make money.. with out a doubt.

    You could go and get a loan and start a social media plat form that is free and doesn’t sell information or targeted advertising. you would probably be successful. as thats what the people want.. but you will eventually go broke until you change something. Like charging for the service. or collecting information which has advertising value.. either way you will get a lot of angry people at that point.

  6. You can still have the ease of using social media.. just don’t post things other than links to your content on free social media platform not owned by you…
    I’m not saying I agree with them sharing your photos, but you are using their service so it should be on their terms.. You have the choice to use or not use it.. If you don’t care that much then continue using it, but if you do then delete it like i will be doing and work out another way to do what ever you were using instagram to do.

  7. The majority of people using Instagram aren’t publishing “creative content” anyway. I use it to post pictures of my kids. I don’t want some corporation telling me they own the rights to images of my children which they can do with what they like.

    It’s going to be a sad day for Privacy if they get away with this, and if they do, what if others start following suit, where will it end. What if Soundcloud turned around and said we now own all the music that you’ve made (or mixed) and shared on our site, we are now going to sell it and give you nothing for it.

    I like the ease of using social media to share images with my friends, that doesn’t mean we should be pushed around by companies for using their services. Even free services should be enforced to offer basic levels of privacy, security and sharing options. I remember Sony tried to introduce a change to it’s terms of service last year saying you couldn’t sue them for anything, after their network got hacked. These types of terms of service agreements should have to be approved by consumer watchdogs in my opinion to make sure basic rights are being looked after.

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