You better watch out!

Yet another slimy rights grab

Instagram users may want to consider using a different service for creating their intellectual property. The new terms of service for the Facebook-owned company contain a pretty massive grab. Consider some of these specific points:

  • “…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…”
  • “…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.”
  • “You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.”

If you don’t want Facebook to sell your photos in perpetuity to other corporations without your consent and for their profit, you have until 16 January 2013 to remove your photos from the service.

Update 18 December. Instagram now seem to be backtracking, basically saying, “we didn’t mean what we said.” Guess we’ll see how that works out.

Fake photos; real memories

The BBC have a fascinating article posted discussing the very real problem of how our brains can vividly recall events that never happened - based on simple fake photos. A really interesting read!

The WSJ year in review

Jumping the proverbial gun a bit perhaps, but the Wall Street Journal have published their photographic review of the year for 2012. As to be expected from mainstream news, rather a lot of shots of violence, human suffering, and sports. But there’s some other great stuff in there too.

Happy 12:12:12 at 12:12:12!

It’s funny how excited we all get over stuff that derives from purely human conventions and constructs, like clocks and calendars. That Mayan calendar silliness being a big recent example. But yeah, there is something fascinating and compelling about seeing all those 12s lined up in a row…

Now available in the UK

Great news for Britain! The enhanced iBooks edition of The Lens is now available from the UK iBookstore!

The enhanced electronic version of the Lens is now available!

The enhanced version for iPad users (iPad 2 and newer running iOS 5 or newer) is now available at the iBookstore. It’s currently available to US and Canadian users only. A demo book is available for download from the store. Stay tuned for other markets.

I’m afraid that the ebook edition for Android, Kindles, and other devices does not support these enhanced features for technology reasons. (ie: I’m not aware of any non-iPad e-reader that has that level of multimedia support)