Instagram and the Commons

First, facts

So, Instagram updated their Terms of Services granting themselves the fact that they could sell whatever you posted on their websites:

Rights – Art 2: Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

And the web-2.0-sphere goes wild about that (and yes, it means you). They then explained what they did in a blog post.

The main argument I saw was "gnagnagna … work I’ve made … need compensation … instagram fucktards … gnagnagna" or something else.

So, you were complaining because someone is copying, distributing and sharing something you’ve done and from which you expected no benefits – or you’ll have sold it one way or another – and you found this unacceptable.

While you find acceptable to pay MegaUpload to copy, distribute and share contents they do not own. You’re quite a paradoxal fucktards.

Then, shoot

I mean, you’re crying because instagram was doing what you’re doing? Come on. There’s another reason. I mean, you’re not raging because of the Article 1 of the very same Terms of Services ( I emphasize ):

Rights – Art 1: Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service, except that you can control who can view certain of your Content and activities on the Service as described in the Service’s Privacy Policy, available here:

So, yes, instagram could already do whatever they want about the content you post. Heck, they can even give it for free to whoever they want. And you’ll see a similar article in all the new generation web services: Facebook, Twitter, Google, have them.

But, you would not protest for your privacy invasion. Or because we’ve lost so many things due to the existence of those services. No, you are protesting for the worst ever reason.

You are protesting because hype people are protesting (Pink, or any another big account). You’re just following the hype instead of thinking. You are protesting because you advocate for the non-free licence CC by-nc-sa – it is non-free because it forbid some uses.

You’re protesting and raging and crying because you can’t accept that someone is selling what you give to them. You’re protesting against your own stupidity. Your protesting because you think that sharing must be done only freely. You’re protesting because someone might someday use what you create without your consent. You’re protesting because someone took some liberties toward the stupidity that is copyright.

Yeah, protesting because instagram is doing whatever they want with the content you uploaded there, is protesting in favor of copyright. It’s taking a stance for a strong copyright system, for putting an end to the sharing system that powers up the internet.

Some might argue there’s some privacy implication. The implication did start at the moment you put things online without extremely strong encryption on a centralised system.

You want to defend your privacy? Don’t use a centralised system. Encrypt everything. Take back the control over your data. And let instagram and facebook dying.