Do you share photos or videos via your Twitter feed? Where do you store your photos and videos in order to share them via Twitter? Do you use TwitPic in order to share those photos and videos?
If you've answered yes, my advice to you is simply, dump TwitPic, and immediately delete your photos and videos from the storage service!
In May, World Entertainment News Network (WENN), a news and photo agency, announced it had become the “exclusive photo agency partner” of Twitpic, one of the companies on the Internet which provide a service which allows users to upload images and video to it, then link them to their users' Twitter feed.
The deal allows the World Entertainment News Network to sell the images and videos stored at Twitpic for publication.
Coupled with that deal, Twitpic changed their terms of service, which now reads in part,
“… 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.”What does that mean to you?
The deal consummated between WENN and Twitpic, simply means that anything you post on Twitpic can be sold or licensed for a profit without you knowing about it, or receiving any compensation for your work whatsoever.
By staying at Twitpic, you're giving WENN and Twitpic the right to use your photos and videos anyway they want and get paid for it.
And how much do you make when your photos and videos are licensed or sold by WENN?
Zero, nothing, nada, zip, not one thin dime!
If I were you, if you're a Twitpic user, I'd dump the service after I deleted each and every file you ever uploaded to them. That's exactly what talk show host Ellen Degeneres has done.
Then before you sign up with anyone else to store your photos, read their terms of service, and whenever they make changes to it, read it all over again, to make sure you know what you're doing.
By the way, Twitter now lets you upload images directly to them for sharing via its service, but I would think twice before using them. The Twitter terms are just as oppressive and burdensome as Twitpic's.
Twitter states in their terms of service, in part,
“…to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals who partner with Twitter for the syndication, broadcast, distribution or publication of such Content on other media and services…”I hope this get you to start reading those “Terms of Service” you've usually ignored.