Remember when Flickr was the place to be on the internets?
Oh, well, I do. What about Geocities. Ok, that was never cool, but it was a place online. MySpace came and went and has come back again, but as before, I think I am still too old for it. For the moment I think we are all on Facebook and Instagram. After January 16th of next year, I am not sure where I will be wasting my time ooh-ing and ahh-ing over photos of puppies I want and babies I am happy my friends are having as that is the day that Instagram is changing their TOS. A lot of folks on Instagram are NOT happy and are planning to delete their accounts. I was sure that things would have to change somehow…they have to make money. Businesses do that. Well, the ones that survive anyway. I read the TOS, but honestly, it seemed really lawyerey. I read it and heard inside my head; We are a huge company that would like to cover our asses for the future use or misuse of photos in any way that we may come up with so this is a statement that says while you have copyright, we can sell your photos in some manner. Maybe. But probably not. Oh and you will never know what we decide because we are not telling. Well, we might tell, but we don’t have to. If your photos are private, then they are fine, but we may screw up and make a private photo into a public one and then even though it is our bad, you are out of luck. But that probably will not happen, we just have to say it in case it does.
Those who understood the implications much better pointed me to many different links. Clearly the powers-that-be at Instagram saw those too and have reconsidered things a bit. They have issued a statement that they are going to re-word and for everyone to settle on down.
I don’t think that Instagram will be the same now, but I am not concerned… The same thing happened at Flickr and we are all still friends. The internet has always been a place where the seasons change for sites and what was once in bloom fades while another site just starts to produce fruit. I know that I get sick of stuff when I have the same thing every day for years on end.
You can keep finding me on Instagram, this blog and elsewhere on the web…just search for SesameEllis. I am updating the About page here and my many many many links will all be there. Same for the kids’ accounts too. Keep coming back now, Y’all.
(Before I go and offend someone who thinks that with this post I am saying I am OK with Instagram claiming the right to on-sell our images without paying the original photographer, nor even notifying them, I can assure you that I am not. I am NOT OK with that! I just think that they will either be forced to remove that clause or people will move to a different service as has been the case in the past and will be the case in future social media realms.)