The Instagram Papers

The American Society of Media Photographers, joined by National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), The Digital Media Licensing Association (PACA), American Photographic Artists (APA), This Week in Photography (TWiP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage (CEPIC), Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) and American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP), has mounted a campaign to address the far-reaching Terms of Use of the image sharing service Instagram. Since 2010, more than 16 billion images and movies have been uploaded to Instagram. The organizations believe that few of the users who share images on the site understand the rights they are giving away. ASMP has issued “The Instagram Papers,” information in the form of essays and analysis about the Terms of Use in which the key issue is that users should have the ‘right to terminate’ their agreement with Instagram, allowing them to remove permissions for the use of their identities and content at any time.


Full press release of August 22, 2013

Open letter to Instagram, January, 2014

Update: Mr. Teru Kuwayama, Photo Liaison for Instagram, contacted ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik and acknowledged receipt of ASMP’s letter. Further communication is planned, and based on Instagram’s formal response to the issues presented, ASMP will decide what further steps we take on this issue.


The Instagram Papers: