EXPLORINGINSTAGRAM‟S TERMS OFUSE What you need to know before signing up to the popular photo- sharing app
WHAT IS INSTAGRAM? Instagram is a popular photo-sharing, social network application that allows users to take photos using theirsmartphones, apply interesting filters and share them with their friends
Instagram allows users to upload their Instagram creations to their social network profiles
There‟s so much boring text, and besides, who actually reads those things anyway? Well no one really…
These are pretty standard, reasonable rules which include things like:
BASIC TERMS Users must be at least 13 years of age Users must not spam, abuse, impersonate or harass other users
Users not post nude, partially nude, or sexually suggestive photos or any content that is illegal Users must not attempt to “hack” Instagram or other user‟s accounts or transmit viruses or worms Users are responsible for all content they post
All pretty standardreally. But…
Noteworthystuff in thissection:
USERNAMES CONTAINING URLS“You must not use web URLs in yourusername without prior written consentfrom Instagram, inc.” – Instagram Basic Terms no.12 If you wish to create an Instagram account to promote a website or blog and plan to use the URL as a username, you must seek written permission from Instagram.
ACTIVIT Y UNDER YOUR SCREEN NAME“You are responsible for any activity thatoccurs under your screen name.”– Instagram Basic Terms no .3 If someone hacks your accountand posts inappropriate content (ofthe nature stipulated in previousslides), you willbe held responsible and youraccount may be terminated. Further to this…
KEEPING YOUR PASSWORD SECURE“You are responsible for keeping yourpassword secure.” – Instagram Basic Terms no .4 The implication here is that if you keep your password safe by changing it regularly and keeping it secret, your account should be safe from hackers
VIOLATION OF TERMS = TERMINATION OF ACCOUNT“Violation of any of these agreements willresult in the termination of yourInstagram account.”- Instagram Basic Terms no.15
EXPOSURE TO OBJECITONAL CONTENT Also, while Instagram prohibits the posting of objectionable content, Instagram will not be held accountable for content posted which does violate the terms and users.
Users must use the service at their own risk being aware that Instagram claims no responsibility over users being exposed to prohibited content.
GENERAL TERMS Instagram has another section of more specific terms called „General Terms‟
Instragram can shut down or change the service anytime it likes, potentially leaving users unable to access their content. (leads to no.7) - Instagram General Terms no. 1
USERNAMES Instagram can force people to forfeit any username that becomes inactive, violates trademark or that “may mislead other users”. - Instagram General Terms no.4 Instagram can take your username if you happen to share the same name as a company that has trademark claim over that name. Even if you had it first. - I n s t a g r a m G e n e r a l Te r m s n o . 6
Instagram can “refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time”. Instagram decides who they can exclude from the service without needing to explain themselves.- I n s t a g r a m G e n e r a l Te r m s n o . 3
You may not upload unlawful, offensive, threatening, libellous, defamatory, obscene or “otherwise objectionable” content using Instagram‟s services, but if you do, Instagram are not obligated to remove it.
PROPRIETARYRIGHTS IN CONTENT ON INSTAGRAM
PROPRIETRY RIGHTS IN CONTENT ON INSTAGRAM Finally, Instagram has a third section of terms called related to the “rights” of Instagram users
Instagram claims that they do not hold ANY ownership rights of content posted using the service, yet by posting something to Instagram the user is granting Instagram the right to use, modify, publically display etc. their content however Instagram sees fit (with the exception of content not shared publically).
While Instagram allow users to retain „ownership‟ of the content, they reserve the right to do whatever they want with it.
You must not post any content that you do not own the copyright for or have permission of the copyright owner to use. You must pay all royalties and fees owing to the copyright owner of any licenced content you post.
Users are not allowed to not copy, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any content from other Instagram users.
Instagram “is not a backup service” and as such is not liable for any loss of user content whatsoever.
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