The Facebook-owned photo sharing app Instagram will roll out its new policy and terms of service on January 19th. The new policies have been amended since they were first announced after user outcry over a policy which would have given Instagram the right to sell your photos without payment or notification. (The whole fiasco cost the company a lot of users).
The Instagram blog today points out that, “nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them.” Instead, Instagram points out that the new policies are designed to make the app more easily integrated with Facebook and to prevent spam.
Here is the new policy as it pertains to rights:
The policy also points out that Instagram owns the trademark for its logo, page headers, custom graphics and button icons. Here is more from the policy page:
Instagram Content is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws, and, as between you and Instagram, Instagram owns and retains all rights in the Instagram Content and the Service. You will not remove, alter or conceal any copyright, trademark, service mark or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in or accompanying the Instagram Content and you will not reproduce, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works based on, perform, display, publish, distribute, transmit, broadcast, sell, license or otherwise exploit the Instagram Content.