I know I am in the minority....but I would NEVER have a Facebook page. The reasons are just too many to list....WAY too many. It's just not a safe or very intelligent thing to do. Truly.
Safe? Intelligent? Aren't you the guy who took a photo walk on the Jersey shore during the worst hurricane NJ ever had?
Just kidding, Bob!! I know you're smart about everything you do, and those hurricane pictures are still the best I've seen anyone take regarding that disaster.
This Instagram thing has me puzzled. They certainly have a right to change their policy (and I and everyone else have the right not to participate), but they must think two things:
1. Most Instagram users won't care and will even be flattered that some corporate entity is using their images. "Wow, dude, Frito-Lay is using one of my snaps in their TV commercial -- awesome!"
2. The quality of photography has fallen to a level that any kind of junk is now acceptable.
This is really huge news. I'll be watching to see what happens. If there is no mass rebellion, it spells real trouble in the world of image ownership.
I agree with what you are saying, Bill... but this is the largest blatant encroachment on other people's property. I used to shoot for a livingbut thank God..... I got out! Many, Many people think I should show up with $1000's and $1000's of dollars worth of equipment and work like a dog to produce art...and for some reason they feel that they do not have to pay for it or pay very little.
If I show up with my truck full of carpenters tools and work all day...they are willing to pay for it??? Never has made any sense to me. ..but one thing that does make sense to me is to not give ANYTHING to Instagram or Facebook for free. As far as I am concerned what they are doing is "technically" legal...(read the find print)..but just plain sleazy and unethical. It is just another "GOTCHA". I feel that it is a personal invasion. ...but like I said...I am in the minority..and most do not feel that way. Oh well.
Also...I have to disagree with something else....I have seen some KILLER talent making awesome art on Instagram. ..I am going to have to call it the art of our times....new media... Phone images are becoming more valid and there is some serious talent out there manipulating and tweaking some wonderful art. They should be compensated for there creations if a large corporation sells it outright for media or advertising purposes or uses the art to advertise their business. Burying some legalese in fine print so that you can basically cheat or deceive someone is just bad ethics.
...but other than that ...it doesn't bother me! LOL!