Just announced today, Instagram changes their Terms of Service to make any of your uploads open for use by advertisers.
While odds are really low that your photo will be used for an ad campaign, the terms are still vague enough that you’ll have a hard time winning a case against Instagram. You can read the new TOS/Privacy Statement in the link that follows, but here’s the excerpt:
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.
If you are concerned about this new change, you can download all your Instagram uploads using a tool like Instaport to get your photos back and suspend your account until changes are made to the ToS and PP of Instagram.
Will You Stay With Instagram?
A lot of loyal Instagrammers are up in arms with this change and blames most of it to its connection with Facebook, will you stick with Instagram or will you move back to Flickr and related social sharing photo site?
UPDATE! INSTAGRAM Takes Back Statement
Instagram released a statement to clarify and correct their controversial statement today (December 19, 2012), read about it in this Instagram Update post.