Twitpics new terms

Subsequent to the furore caused by Twitpic saying they own copyright to all pictures that you upload they have changed their terms as follows, which while accepting that you own copyright now to your own pictures, they retain the right to exploit those pictures for their own benefit :

“To publish another Twitpic user’s content for any commercial purpose or for distribution beyond the acceptable Twitter “retweet” which links back to the original user’s content page on Twitpic, whether online, in print publication, television, or any other format, you are required to obtain permission from Twitpic in advance of said usage and attribute credit to Twitpic as the source where you have obtained the content.

You retain all ownership rights to Content uploaded to Twitpic. However, by submitting Content to Twitpic, you hereby grant Twitpic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and Twitpic’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.

You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Service. The above licenses granted by you in media Content you submit to the Service terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your media from the Service provided that any sub-license by Twitpic to use, reproduce or distribute the Content prior to such termination may be perpetual and irrevocable.

You understand and agree, however, that Twitpic may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of your media that have been removed or deleted. The above licenses granted by you in user comments you submit are perpetual and irrevocable. Deleted images are only accessed in the event of a legal issue. ”

6 Responses to “Twitpics new terms”

  1. I think everyone of us should stop using twitpic. We should not give up our rights to people who create a devil our material and then sell it.

  2. Chittranjan says:

    Sad to know this new copyright law. Its sad that twitter is also now trying to cash on their service. It’s a breach of people’s privacy. It shouldn’t happen that from tomorrow they will start treating your tweets as their own property…Business is killing everything, and its sad :((

  3. Harb says:

    Same old stroy: First phasao then maaro (first hook as on drugs then blackmail or kill).

    Meanwhile found something interesting: British Police has codenamed Obama ਚਲਾਕ, a Punjabi word which means “Smart Alec” http://t.co/uuPkPh0

  4. I agree with Chittaranjan. Facebook too, as we know, is notorious when it comes to privacy. They post their own commercially motivated messages on people’s profiles and make them look like they’re from our friends. This is a PLAIN LIE and can’t be called anything else. Sadly no one is protesting. Not even their competitors.

  5. austere says:

    One way out would be to post thumbnails, preferably watermarked.
    Ez thumbnails zindabad.
    Low res and watermarked images would be useless for commercial use.

    I was reminded of that picture of your daughter in the desert in Kutch, marvelling at the enormity. amazing pic.

  6. Blognostic says:

    You cannot have privacy and internet at the same time. 🙂

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