That was fast – after a bit of a Twitter outcry, the terms and conditions have been changed (again) to remove the offending paragraph about being barred from selling your own photos to media agencies, although they are still retaining their rights to do the same.
They have posted an update on their blog.
People who use Twitpic to display photos they have taken and uploaded to the Twitter website might want to rethink their use of the website, especially if you are the sort of person who tends to be at newsworthy locations.
The company has recently updated its terms and conditions and a short paragraph has turned into a lengthy series of rules and regs.
However, most significantly, if you upload a photo to Twitpic you are seemingly barred from reselling the photo to anyone – unless (I think) you have a copy of the photo elsewhere which can then be sold to newspapers etc.
In addition, and more perniciously, uploading a photo to Twitpic then would seem to grant them a free license to sell the photo themselves and keep the money.
It’s not often that a newsworthy photo is uploaded to Twitpic, but the famous photo of the downed plane in New York’s Hudson River was uploaded by a Twitter user to that photo website.
Yes, the website needs to earn money, and they have advertising on the website, and if they wanted to make money from selling photos, then they should have set up a revenue share deal similar to the agreement Flickr has with Getty Images.
I’m sure lots of users of the service would have been delighted to have them act as a media agent for news worthy photos – on a revenue shared deal.
Old (caught by Archive.org)
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