I post few pictures of myself or my family on the internet, as I tend to think that we need to be happy that they could be used for mysterious and sometimes nasty purposes if we choose to put them out there.
Seeing a tweet flashing by from @schofe (Philip Schofield for those of you who don’t use twitter), I decided to read a bit more about this. I thought that any pictures we put up through the web applications belonged to us and we use the app to channel them to twitter etc. This is a pretty hastily written blog post, but I am quite surprised at what ten minutes rooting round the internet after reading a tweet can reveal.
“I just realised I posted my pic through Twitpic .. Who now have a deal with WENN to sell our pics to ..”
“anyone who wants to publish them. They make money on our pics!! Personally I’m not up for that. So for anyone who wants to use it for free”
My first impression was that this just seems to be so out of order. How many people are clicking and sending their pictures thorugh the system, without realising that the pictures are now potentially UP FOR SALE. This seems to be even more sleazy than the lowlifes who steal pictures and use them for free, or without crediting them.
Who owns twitpic?
When did this start to happen?
How did I not know about it?
Keeping on the search, I found a mashable article.
Who Owns Your Twitpics
The article (published yesterday) makes it sound like twitpic have officially announced that our pictures belong to us, now and in the future. Even more confused, I decided to try and dig a little deeper.
Doing a search for “Twitpic”, “Wenn” and “Deal”
Yesterday, twitpic signed a deal with Wenn (according to the internet).
The British Journal of Photography explained it in terms that are easy for me to understand.
Photo agency’s CEO addresses TwitPic controversy
This part of the new terms and conditions outlined in the article above concerns me.
“You retain all ownership rights to Content uploaded to TwitPic. However, by submitting Content to TwitPic, you hereby grant TwitPic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and TwitPic’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.”
So, we own the pictures, but we really don’t own them. And Plixi are also in a contract with Wenn according to the article.