After a day of online outrage, the photo-sharing service Instagram has publicly responded to the torrent of complaints about its new terms of service agreement. In short Instagram says: You're confused; we don't want to sell those sepia-colored photos of your cat. From Instagram's blog:
Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram. Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.
Whether this will molify the masses is unclear. Their current arguement is: Legal documents are easy to misinterpret, stupid. (Well, I added the stupid part). Many of the photographers that I spoke with today said they would still dump Instagram even if the company tried to make amends. One thing is clear: The developers at Flickr are probably working overtime tonight as more and more users are rediscovering the once-hot photo sharing site run by Yahoo!