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cherry-taste Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the warning. this is a serious issue indeed.
Ride2Live-Live2Ride Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
No, it's true. Instagram can sell your art for however much they want. They can blow it up big, bigger, or humungous. AND then sell it without telling you, without giving you any credit or money. It's true.

Say Purina is looking for a new puppy to put on all of their dog food bags. They can see what dog pictures got a certain number of likes or views. "Hhmm...this is a nice dog...let's see if Purina wants it."
"Hello? Purina? Yes, we have a nice dog picture here, we'll sell it to you for 1 million dollars." [[I have no idea how much they'd sell it for.]] Then, you get no credit for taking the picture, you get no money, and Instagram now owns ALL of your pictures.
horse782 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, Instagram photos are basically thumbnails. How would they sell them? Who would buy a picture that size? I don't use instagram for posting art, so I'm not really worried, but what are they trying to prove?
RobynRose Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
An example given was that they'd license the photos to company websites looking to show user-submitted style content. Such as a photostream by budweiser beer "take a look at the great parties going on with budweiser" even though they could not put a budweiser logo on top of the photos.
horse782 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's an updated version of the article above, I think. Maybe we won't have anything to worry about
aaawhyme Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
facebook can too!
HornedDragon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Actually, facebook might be worse. Or more aggressive, from what I've heard.

But with some caution...
FrozenMaple Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly why i dont like my mom posting my art on her damn facebook. Then she got pissed when i told her to take it down. It's my art. She doesnt own it, she has NO FUCKING RIGHT to post it where i dont want it it be >:[
xCrea Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, if Instagram wants to sell my photos, then be my guest. I don't use instagram as a platform for my photography as art. People posting their professional and/or hobby-based photos on instagram is just wrong anyway (as it's supposed to be a mobile phone community with phone camera).

In my opinion people are just stupid. Besides, calling yourself photographer is in no way a protected title, so I hope anyone doing photography thinks things through.
Rukia21love Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Thank you for sharing this.
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