FUN: “What you’ve never seen a hypocrite before?”

“What you’ve never seen a hypocrite before?”
— ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Character Leonard
    played by Johnny Galecki in
    ‘The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis’ 12/15/2008

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CLOUD: “Stealing” your photos!

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Dear CNET members,

Imagine this: you’re at a beach in Hawaii, snapping photos of your family having the time of their lives. Later, you upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site to show your family and friends on your social network, not giving it a second thought. Two years from now, you go to a travel site to book another trip to Hawaii, and lo and behold, you see a familiar-looking photo in an advertisement for the Hawaii resort you are looking into. You look a bit closer and you realize that in the advertisement is a picture of your kids at the beach that you took two years ago! You wrack your brains trying to figure out how it happened, who did it, and why.

If you think this scenario is a bit frightening or just can’t be, you better take note of this report by CNET writer Declan McCullagh: “Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos.” Declan reports that with the first major policy shift since Facebook bought the photo-sharing site, Instagram claims the right to sell users’ photos without payment or notification. And if you don’t opt out of this by deleting your Instagram account by January 16, you can’t opt out of it afterward.

So what do you think of this new policy? Do you care that your photos could potentially be used or sold for commercial purposes without being notified? Or do you believe that this is just part of business, and because it’s a free site and the photos that you post on Instagram are made public, this shouldn’t be a shock to anyone? If you are a user of Instagram, are you going to opt out before the deadline? If you aren’t a user of Instagram, does this change how you would use photo-sharing sites in general, and how so? Read Declan’s article and share how you feel!

Lee Koo

Community manager

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I’ve advise “correspondents” to drop this in favor of the many equivalents.

Not that anyone listens to me.

I wonder how legally defensible the ownership claim could be.

Considering standing and notice.

(I’m not a lawyer; nor do I play one on TV.)

Like shrinkwrap licenses, I think Judge Judy will side with me.

(At least, I hope so. I’d hate to look like a bozo on TV.)

Surprised the politicians haven’t extracted campaign contributions to “permit” this?