Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Dec 2012 17:31 UTC
Internet & Networking "Everyone from CNET to the BBC is freaking out today about Instagram's new terms of service. The new terms, they claim, allow Instagram to sell user's images. Users are understandably upset. Wired published a tutorial on how to download all of your Instagram photos and delete your account. But long-time Instagram users should think twice before pulling the trigger. The truth is that Instagram has always claimed full rights to your images, but has just re-worded their terms of service to make their intentions clearer." People should stop obsessing over individual service's privacy terms. There's a very simple rule on the internet that everyone ought to be aware of: the moment you put something on the web, it's no longer your property. Deal with it. Coincidentally: nobody cares about your stupid Instagram photos.
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RE[6]: Comment by Alfman
by WorknMan on Wed 19th Dec 2012 00:04 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Alfman"
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Ah. Even then. I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying it's inevitable. If you put a €100 bill out in the open on the street, you don't expect it to last very long either. Doesn't mean it's right that someone takes it, just that it's inevitable.

Right, what he said. If you put something out on the internet that's not encrypted, it's no longer yours. And no amount of bitching and whining about how unfair/wrong it is will change this fact. Not that I like it any more than you do, but I generally tend not to stress over things that we can't change.

Sure, it might be legally yours still, but it's time that we stop this madness in believing that we have control over the distribution of something in a space where things are infinitely reproduceable and instantly transportable for $0. Asking people not to copy something that can be copied an infinite amount of times for nothing is the very definition of insanity. It's like if somebody invents a replicator that can copy physical objects... are you going to ask people not to clone a loaf of bread?

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