Does Instagram own your photos? – CityNews & 680News

I appeared on CityNews at 6 and 680News to talk about Instagram’s change in terms of service and privacy policy with reporters Saphia Khambalia and Momin Qureshi.


Instagram published the following update blog post and revised terms of service, in response to the public’s reaction:

Earlier this week, we introduced a set of updates to our privacy policy and terms of service to help our users better understand our service. In the days since, it became clear that we failed to fulfill what I consider one of our most important responsibilities – to communicate our intentions clearly. I am sorry for that, and I am focused on making it right.

The concerns we heard about from you the most focused on advertising, and what our changes might mean for you and your photos. There was confusion and real concern about what our possible advertising products could look like and how they would work.

Because of the feedback we have heard from you, we are reverting this advertising section to the original version that has been in effect since we launched the service in October 2010.

You can see the updated terms here.

Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.

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. We don’t own your photos – you do.

Finally, there was also confusion about how widely shared and distributed your photos are through our service. The distribution of your content and photos is governed by our privacy policy, and always has been. We have made a small change to our terms to make that as clear as possible.

You can view the current terms and privacy policy, as well as review the updated terms and privacy policy that will take effect on January 19, 2013.

I’m proud that Instagram has a community that feels so strongly about a product we all love. I’m even more proud that you feel empowered to be vocal and approach us with constructive feedback to help us build a better product. Thank you for your feedback, and I look forward to all that Instagram has to bring in the New Year.

Thank you,

Kevin Systrom co-founder, Instagram

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WinstonSih.com, Redesigned!

Throughout the past few years, I’ve been blogging about consumer technology and social media on the web for various companies including TechnoBuffalo.comCitytv.comAppCentral.ca,Butterscotch TV, and more.

I’ve owned WinstonSih.com for several years now, but at the time, I felt that a blogging platform wasn’t exactly appropriate – I was blogging for TechnoBuffalo solely, and all of my content was easily found on my TechnoBuffalo page.

Now that my content is available on multiple mediums and many websites, I feel now is the time that I should incorporate a blogging platform on the redesigned version of WinstonSih.com.  There, I would be able to merge all of my content on one avenue for my viewers and readers to keep track of.

This website is a couple months in the making, designing the ultimate portal for “all things Winston Sih” — I promise, I’m not as self-obsessed as this post is making me seem!  You will find original content that I’ve written; a biography describing what I do; a means for PR representatives/viewers to contact me; a portfolio for potential prospective freelance employers; my social media links including my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more!

I’ve tried to include many of my past posts and appearances, but due to the sheer number of them, I’m going to set the cut off date of January 2011.  Posts here will include articles and appearances from that date forward.

Feel free to explore and let me know what you think!  Of course, use the Contact page above to get in touch.