Expect More Copyright Issues For Photo-Sharing Sites

Law360, New York (April 25, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT) -- A survey of the terms of use from 10 popular services that share photographs show potential for legal issues resulting from how those services treat copyrighted material uploaded by users. Behance, Pinterest, Instagram, iCloud, TwitPic, Twitter, Google, Facebook, Flickr and 500px claim broad, worldwide, royalty-free licenses to anything users upload to the services. Some retain their licenses to content even after users have terminated their accounts. And two allow advertising “in connection with” or “in conjunction with” user uploaded content.

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