“Amplifying the voice of the everyday people”?

National Geographic temporarily stopped posting images on Instagram to protest changes to Instagram’s Terms of Service. But now…


From Kevin Systrom’s post:

… You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content. I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did.

From the comments on Instagram about @NatGeo’s return:

reefrevolution @natgeo thanks for speaking up!

julievaillancourt26 Proof that when people stand up, companies don’t have a choice but to listen!!!

wbjamiso Thanks Nat Geo for publicly speaking up and amplifying the voice of the everyday people.

adams_daily_photo_mojo Do not be fooled!! NatGeo does the same thing Instagram is doing. Any images you submit to Nat Geo can be used in ads by them or their affiliates. #callaspadeaspade#hypocrites #shameonyou

Adams Daily Photo Mojo makes an excellent point. Here’s an excerpt from National Geographic’s Terms of Service:

5. You retain all of your ownership rights in material you upload, comments you post, or other content you provide to the Site (“User Content”). By uploading User Content, however, you grant National Geographic (which includes its subsidiaries, affiliates, joint venturers, and licensees) the following rights: a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivatives of the User Content, in whole or in part, without further review or participation from you, in any medium now existing or subsequently developed, in editorial, commercial, promotional, and trade uses in connection with NG Products. National Geographic may license or sublicense, in whole or in part, to third parties rights in User Content as appropriate to distribute, market, or promote such NG Products. ….”

That language doesn’t really suggest that our Society is “speaking up and amplifying the voice of the everyday people.” But we do love the sentiment.

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