I am a fan of Zuckerburg despite the controversy of Facebook utilizing our information for use to make money. Which company is not out to make money? They found a way and now that all of us are using the website for free many complain about it. I am not opposed to privacy rights nor am I opposed to companies making money, but when I saw the newsline about Instagram I had to take a moment and post…because it’s funny.

Are you using Instagram? If so, then you have until January 16, 2013 to decide if you want to post your pictures for free usage of Facebook. This means that the app can use the pics you post to sell to whomever brings the money.

This new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, 2013 comes only  three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site.

Sydney on the beach in Florida.

Sydney on the beach in Florida.

Again, unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out. After that, it’s your picture being used on someone’s tourism website. Yes, that means the photos of your kids too. They looked cute at the hotel in Florida or at the park while you were on vacation, so why wouldn’t a company use their face to promote their business?! (Facebook thanks you in advance.)

In the intellectual rights property acquisition it does not specifically state that your photos will not be used because you deleted your account. And do not expect any class action lawsuits to occur in the near future because the word usage also does not allow this to happen either.

Second section as per Facebook’s change in policy to Instagram states that “a business or other entity may pay us to display your… photos… in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”

This hugely impacts those in the photography business realm whom sell their photos for profit. Many photographers make a living from using services such as iStock and other photographic websites of which companies and individuals can patronize their artistic abilities by buying the photos. With policies such as these in place, now companies can bypass the photographer’s services and go straight to Instagram for your beautiful picture instead – for free, of course.

Ready to delete your Instagram account? You can download all of your photos. Instaport will download your entire Instagram photo library in a few minutes. Currently the service only offers a zip file download of your photos.

After you’ve removed your photos from Instagram, you can delete your account. But once you delete your account, that’s it. Instagram cannot reactivate deactivated accounts and you will not be able to sign up for Instagram later with the same account name.

So now that the news is out there it should be less bitching about how a company is using your photos to make a profit without paying you, right?