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Instagram

Sorry, We're NOT

Selling Your Photos!!!!

12/18/2012 2:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Instagram is in full damage control mode ... with company's co-founder firing off an emergency statement SWEARING the company has no plans to sell its user's photos.

The statement is a desperate attempt to quell concerns after the company released a new terms of service agreement to users yesterday which says "a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."

After several famous and non-famous users vowed to stop using Instagram, co-founder Kevin Systrom released a statement saying, "It is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos."

Systrom continues, "[The new terms of service] was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true."

He adds, "Instagram users own their content and Instagram does not claim any ownership rights over your photos. Nothing about this has changed. We respect that there are creative artists and hobbyists alike that pour their heart into creating beautiful photos, and we respect that your photos are your photos. Period."

"I always want you to feel comfortable sharing your photos on Instagram and we will always work hard to foster and respect our community and go out of our way to support its rights."

Systrom says more updates will be coming soon.

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61.

Peggy    

Wow, what a bunch of crybabies. Instagram allows people to post their pics FOR FREE and now they're whining? What a bunch of losers. The purposes of these free ap services are to eventually to make money. Otherwise, why would someone bother. It's a business stupid.

581 days ago
62.

Puffy    

"To be clear - its not our intention to sell these photos". Actually what would be more clear and honest would be to state: We will NEVER sell your photos or personal information. Intention is just to wide open. If these people sell that company, the new owners could very well (and probably will) have other "intentions".

581 days ago
63.

Lawwst    

Doesn't Facebook own Instagram?

581 days ago
64.

slipknot    

i think they are saying its like putting money in the bank the bank using your money to invest in projects .

581 days ago
65.

TJ    

i don't believe it for a second.

581 days ago
66.

Roch    

do you know what a group of Attorneys could spin with the term "not our INTENT to sell"...tell em Harvey!

581 days ago
67.

FrankCA    

This sounds like something Facebook would do. hmm

581 days ago
68.

jasminjane    

OK, So why didn't he explain what WAS meant by the new terms of service?!

581 days ago
69.

DTD    

Ok, so they wont "sell" your photos. They made no mention of "using" your photos.

580 days ago
70.

Mchelle    

If you agree to their terms of service than it is legal for them to use your photos but if Instagram sells or makes money from the photos and it's used for commercial purposes...Instagram and the company using the photos could be SUED.

580 days ago
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