Business Of Photography – Why I Don’t Post Pictures to Facebook or Any Other Social Media
Addendum – April 24 2018.
Yesterday while visiting with a friend they suggested that I begin posting my work to Instagram. I answered them pretty much in the same way as this post.
Other friends have suggested posting to Instagram as well.
While I’m familiar with Instagram and I’m aware that many photographers use it as a marketing tool, I assumed that Instagram had similar Terms and Conditions as Facebook and all the other social media.
I assumed right. Here’s the terms. You’ll find the rights grab under “RIGHTS”. https://help.instagram.com/478745558852511
Read on for my reasons NOT to post to social media and a link to an article on Art Law Journal.
It’s a business decision.
From the “Sharing Your Content and Information” section of the terms page. http://www.facebook.com/legal/terms
“You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:
1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”
You own your content and information, but then you grant them permission to do almost anything with your work.
If you’re trying to make money with your photography, you’ve put yourself in competition with YOURSELF!
Art Law Journal
Losing Copyrights through Social Media