Nat Geo, Mark Zuckerberg’s Photo, Class Action Law Suit and A Partridge in a Pear Tree
The recent Broo-ha-ha over Instagram’s new Terms of Service seemed to come to an end with Kevin Systroms semi-apology, however, until the new Terms of Service are officially released the jury is still out so to speak. One of Instagram’s most popular accounts is the king of all photography, National Geographic. Their Instagram account has over 638,000 followers. Interestingly, Nat Geo shuttered their Instagram account until Instagram backed down. They recently reinstated it but are waiting for a final decision based on the updated Terms of Service coming in the next few weeks.
Other interesting protesters include Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding photographer Noah Kalina. He too has come out strongly against Zuckerberg’s decision to hijack his images. Additionally, on Christmas Eve a person named Lucy Funes and her attorneys are proposing a class-action lawsuit against Instagram due to the language in the Terms of Service. Seems old Zuckerberg and the boys at Instagram have ticked a lot of people off. I have to say I’m quite happy I never did sign on to Instagram but worried this all may spill over to Facebook.
Peter Kafka from Allthingsd states in his recent Blog, “what are you going to do about it? After all, it’s a free service, and on the Web, “free service” means users are the product. No free rides, especially not from big, publicly traded companies with ad models to build out.” My response to this lame excuse for theft is BS! I’ve been advertising with Facebook for over a year now and have spent over a couple of thousand dollars. Facebook has plenty of advertsing revenue models that can make it money for itself as opposed to the sneaky back door deal of stealing its user’s pictures. I’m afraid this deal isn’t dead yet. Stay tuned.