You may now resume your regular food-Instagramming activities. For those concerned about news that Instagram now owns your images and can use them without permission, CNET says that it was a false alarm. The photo-sharing company is making it clear that it will not take ownership of user-generated photos by January 16, as previously reported.
Chief Executive Officer Kevin Systrom issued an apology through a blog post yesterday over “confusing” legal terms that would appear to give the company the unspoken right to sell photos and/or use them for advertising.
Less than 48 hours before, CNET had reported that Instagram had plans to maximize its terms and conditions under Facebook. This would have meant “the perpetual right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world’s largest stock photo agency.”
Almost immediately, users expressed their anger and competitors took advantage of the situation by touting their own, more equitable policies.