New Instagram Facebook TOS? No Need To Panic.

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I don’t always read Terms of Service, but in the last few years as social media has blown up, I went from click, agree to skim, click, agree to click, read, and maybe I just might not be agreeing after all. (Or agree.)

Today, people have been on Facebook, twitter and IG talking about the new Instagram TOS.

“Instagram does NOT claim ANY ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, applications, or any other materials (collectively, “Content”) that you post on or through the Instagram Services. By displaying or publishing (“posting”) any Content on or through the Instagram Services, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except Content not shared publicly (“private”) will not be distributed outside the Instagram Services.”

But it’s not new.

Nothing has changed that I can see. Take a look.

Word for word I don’t see any difference from a post I wrote on March 1st, which was actually about the problems with Instagram 3rd party apps who violate TOS and make everyone’s stuff pinnable. Which isn’t cool. At all. (I did edit down a few lines in the post. Hence the ellipses. But the part worrying people – it’s all there.)
Instagram Terms of Service 3/1
I adore SnapWidget and use them because they immediately removed the Pin It! button when they realized it wasn’t kosher. Immediately. Others have ignored the request. Pinning is fine as long as people want their images there. But a lot of places are making your stuff look like you want it pinned. Like photos of your kids. Or your friend’s wedding. You know, happy moments that you want to cherish. Not hand over to the snarky Pinterest comment machine.

I’m glad people are paying more attention to TOS, but it’s also easy to see how quickly misinformation goes viral and people freak out. So relax – know that you agreed to exactly what it says. Also, turn off the Share to FB option if you don’t want to give them more rights to your pics. xo a.

(I’m not a lawyer, so this isn’t legal advice. As always, throwing that in there.)

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