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Instagram Does Damage Control. Can It Keep Its Core Users?

A photo posted on Instagram by photographer Jamie Goldenberg. The photo service angered many photographers on Dec. 17 by changing its terms of service, allowing the company to license the photos on the site
A photo posted on Instagram by photographer Jamie Goldenberg. The photo service angered many photographers on Dec. 17 by changing its terms of service, allowing the company to license the photos on the sitePhotograph by Jamie Goldenberg/Bloomberg Businesweek

Once Instagram courted professional photographers. On Dec. 17, it kicked them in the teeth—or so the reaction to the photo-sharing site’s new terms of service suggests. On Instagram, professional photographers were not pleased.

Danny Ghitis: Looks like @instagram is jumping on the copyright infringement boat. Being on the internet doesn’t mean pictures are free, assholes.
Noah Rabinowitz: I’m out.
Jody Rogac: Dear Instagram, you know I love you but this may just be a dealbreaker.