Instagram, the social network focused on photography and recently purchased by Facebook, is set to change its user policy to give it the right to sell users’ photos without payment or notification.
The new policy will come into effect on 16 January, and allows Facebook the right to licence and sell public Instagram photos to companies. CNet‘s Declan McCullagh says the move will “effectively transform the website into the world’s largest stock photo agency”.
Unlike rival photography platform Flickr, users will receive nothing if their images are sold by Instagram. Furthermore, users won’t even be notified if their pictures have been licenced.
The move raises further privacy concerns about what Facebook does with the content its userbase provides. However, the Guardian reports that Dan Catt – who was part of Flickr’s early days – believes any photographs which included recognisable people “would require explicit permission” which “might be impossible to grant”.
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