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Yes, Instagram can sell your photos; no, you shouldn’t care

By 12.18.12

As you might have seen, there are people, many of them in very tight jeans calling themselves “iPhoneographers” who are weeping and beating their breasts that Instagram has “ruined itself.” The issue is the new Terms of Service that gives Instagram the right to sell your photos without telling you or paying you.



You know, just like every other social network.

Anything that discourages the use of Instagram can only be a good thing, but to the whiners two points must be made. First, you’re giving this stuff away for free anyway; it’s not like anybody pays you to post a badly cropped photo of your dinner that you’ve layered so many filters onto that it looks about as appetizing as vomit.

Secondly, nobody is actually going to buy your crappy photos.

What do you want? It’s the truth. Instagram exists not to help you take good photos, but to obscure the crappy ones that you shoot. That’s why it’s got all the filters and makes your photos look “old.” That’s the entire idea.

Also, it’s not like you can’t find about a thousand different apps doing the exact same thing, or a lack of social networks to post them to. I’ve pointed you towards several, like Afterglow and Camera +. So, really, suck it up, pay somebody a few bucks if you’re that desperate, and move on with your life.

Terms Of Service [Instagram]

About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.
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