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Instagram Terms of Service

  1. 1. Terms of Service INSTAGRAM Policy Primer Kelvin Janissen (Parsons, 2013) Kelvin Janissen NET303 Policy Primer
  2. 2. By (Brown, 2013) Without realising we agree to terms and conditions set by online organisations by simply using their provided services. Instagram is no exception. Lets put Instagram's terms and conditions under the microscope to see just exactly what its users are agreeing to.
  3. 3. Who owns content which is uploaded to Instagram? Instagram does not claim ownership of any content that you post on or through the service. However Instagram also has the right to do whatever it wants with the content you upload due to a worldwide licence to use your content however they please. (Instagram, 2013) (Greenfields, 2013)
  4. 4. Instagram can therefore use the images or videos uploaded to accounts in anyway they want without financially remunerating the user (Brown, 2013). (Donoughue, 2013) However the user will still remain the sole owner of the content (Brown, 2013).
  5. 5. The Social U Blog describes Instagram content ownership as the brand new car you bought yourself except your friend can come and use it however and whenever he wants (The social U, 2013). (The express lane, 2012) At the moment the chances of Instagram exploiting your content are very slim as user's pictures are only used for blog posts. However the clause still exists and your content could be used for any reason in the future (The social U, 2013).
  6. 6. Instagram does however offer the option to make your account private. If you have changed your account settings to private your content will not be shared outside of Instagram's services (Instagram, 2013). (Adma, 2013)
  7. 7. Instagram's Privacy Policy States: “We will not rent or sell your information to third parties outside Instagram without your consent except noted in this Policy” (Instagram, 2013). (Hetherington, 2012)
  8. 8. (Intertwitter, 2012) The policy then goes on to state the exceptions: ● ● User's information can be shared with Instagram's affiliates including social network giant Facebook as well as service providers and advertising partners (Instagram, 2013). Information which could be shared includes user content, cookies, log files, device identifiers, location and usage data (Instagram, 2013).
  9. 9. By uploading content to Instagram you agree and acknowledge ● You own the content posted ● You have the right or license to post the content (Instagram, 2013) (Instagram, 2013) ● You don't violate privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, intellectual property rights or any other rights of any person (Instagram, 2013) (Britt, 2012)
  10. 10. Therefore there is a chance you could get sued for every photo or video you upload that you do not own the rights to . (The social U, 2013)
  11. 11. Even if you credit the image through a comment the contents owner can still sue . (The social U, 2013)
  12. 12. You also agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person by reason of content you post on or through the Instagram Services (Instagram, 2013).
  13. 13. If you by chance are sued for something you post on Instagram you could end up paying for your lawyer and Instagram's lawyer as well as any damages owed for copyright infringement (The social U, 2013). (W the Divine Wedgie, 2012)
  14. 14. Instagram forbids the following behaviour and if ignored Instagram can stop providing all or part of its service to you: ● ● Nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content (Instagram, 2013). You must not defame, stalk, bully, abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate people or entities and you must not post private or confidential information (Instagram, 2013).
  15. 15. Instagram can regardless terminate users accounts for any reason, at any time and without liability to the user (Instagram, 2013). (Yong, 2013)
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