Instagram Owns Your Photo's Right

Posted by Kris | Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | , , | 5 comments »

Today I just noticed that there is a policy change on my Instagram app. Usually, I don't really bother about reading policy changes. However, when I was reading my twitter feed I noticed that there is a trending article on Instagram's huge policy change.

It now will literally OWN the right of your photo's that you upload to Instagram from 16 Jan 2013 onward. Instagram will have the power to sell your photos to the highest bidder WITHOUT your permission. And to add salt to the wound, it does NOT require you to pay single cent.

Here are the policy statement

Proprietary Rights in Content on Instagram

  1. Instagram does NOT claim ANY ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, applications, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") that you post on or through the Instagram Services. By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content on or through the Instagram Services, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except Content not shared publicly ("private") will not be distributed outside the Instagram Services.
  2. Some of the Instagram Services are supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions, and you hereby agree that Instagram may place such advertising and promotions on the Instagram Services or on, about, or in conjunction with your Content. The manner, mode and extent of such advertising and promotions are subject to change without specific notice to you.
  3. You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Content posted by you on or through the Instagram Services or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section, (ii) the posting and use of your Content on or through the Instagram Services does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, intellectual property rights or any other rights of any person, and (iii) the posting of your Content on the Site does not result in a breach of contract between you and a third party. You 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.

I hope pictures like above don't get abused and sold off without notifying the girl to a hanky panky website :D

Btw: The girl is Stella Ch'ng, just follow her here


  1. Anonymous // 1:49 AM  

    What you highlighted is not a new clause, it already exist in the current terms and conditions.
    What changed is not related to that part at all.

  2. Kris // 6:22 PM  


    Don't think so, man. That is why there is an uproar and instagram has now rectifying the language used in the policy.

  3. ChampDog // 12:02 AM  

    Shit, nose bleeding...

  4. Kris // 12:04 PM  

    Lol..hope you don't bleed to death when you see more of her FB pics.

  5. ChampDog // 3:43 PM  

    Already happen... lol