As Declan McCullagh reported on CNet today, Instagram said that it “has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry.
The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out.”
Are people mad? You bet. But not me. Here are five reasons that Instagram’s new terms of service are awesome.
‘Big Brother’ Is No Longer a Mystery. Is he watching? Is he not? Now, there’s no need to wonder – it’s us. Instagram would be powerless if we didn’t love the social gratification of picture sharing, but we do. Will Instagram lose users? Sure. About 10 or 11. The rest of of the world will just carry on as they have been, providing the latest acknowledgement of their willingness to throw away any modicum of privacy in exchange for an ego-lifting ‘like’ or ‘comment.’ (Did anyone see the picture I posted of that baby in an ‘i <3 iamdavidberry.com tshirt? Please ‘like’ it. It’s precious.)
Long Live the Selfie. If Instagram showed us anything, it’s that we are still having a hell of a time getting someone else to take pictures of us. Since the rest of our friends are taking pictures of their food, the emblem on their steering wheel, and their emotionless dog, we’re instead left to our own devices to show people our duck face. How do we do it? Duh. ‘The Selfie.’ And since Instagram can literally sell all of our pictures, the chances of our selfie living on in Internet infamy will skyrocket on January 16. Take that, Kim Kardashian.
Graphic Designers Rejoice. Can’t find the perfect image to design that flyer you’re working on? Wish you had a great, out of focus picture of a guy chucking up the deuces while chugging a Miller Lite? Well, you can have it now. And what’s better? You can even have that picture while enjoying the appearance of burned edges, thank you very much.
Private Accounts? Yeah, Right! That really hot girl that you want to keep tabs on has a private account on Instagram? Not anymore she doesn’t! Instagram is about to become the largest, invasive stock photo company in the world. Sure, it’ll cost you a few bucks, but those pictures can be yours. Hey, you earned it, creepo!
No More Pretending. Let’s face it – Instagram wouldn’t even exist if people actually cared about privacy. Now, we can stop pretending we care. Only our generation could post daily on a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogger account and then complain about people being ‘all in their business.’ It’s breathtaking just to type those words.
We deserve it, really.