So there's something going around that has shaken the very fabric of most hipsters on the internet. It's the simple fact that their once beloved photo dump Instagram just turned on them.
The first thing that comes to your mind is "Can they just do that?!" And the answer is more than likely Yes, so what if it's not legal - lots of money thrown at lobby's in Washington make your rights go away... that and the whole, you know, fact that you probably signed away the rights to your photos in that agreement you signed when you installed the crappy software.Instagram said today 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.
Sure, there's probably rules in place saying they can't do this, but you know what they say about them rules, that they're made to be broken. Also rules actually don't apply to billion dollar corporations, so best of luck going and fucking yourself.
I'm actually really glad that people are going to have their personal photos taken for use in things like advertising as instagram/facebook sells them off to corporations and that users have no say so in the matter whatsoever. What, you expect me to be on your side? Facebook is fucking awful in every possible way. You sign up to be advertised. It's as simple as that. You're being marketed at the cost of staying in touch with friends and getting birthday wishes from people who haven't seen you in years.
How is any of this some sort of shocking revelation? Just assume that something like this is being said in the offices;
"Hey, we're just going to steal pictures of your children and sell them to advertisers and there's nothing you idiots can do about it. So get fucked!" Mark Zuckerberg.
Besides, no one's going to prosecute the companies anyway, Especially since the main customer is the CIA and FBI on facebook waiting to bust you on that other shit you do, you pot head.
Just realize that society is literally to the point where we found a way to monetize the human experience. It's identify theft via billboards. Isn't it utterly amazing?
Then again, I guess you could just take photos and share them in some kind of, I dunno, other slightly less convenient way. Go figure.