Twitter has announced that it will soon be rolling out an “official” method of sharing photos on Twitter. However, Twitter will apparently not be hosting the images – rather the images will be hosted and served by Photobucket.
With all of the recent hoopla surrounding photo sharing services and Twitter, you have to wonder what will this mean for changes in the terms of service? And, will Twitter’s terms fully explain the rights to your photos, or will you have to read Photobucket’s terms as well?
Relevant Portions of Twitter Terms of Service
By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).
Relevant Portions of Photobucket Terms of Service
By displaying or publishing (“posting”) any Content on or through the Photobucket Services, you hereby grant to Photobucket and other users a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except Content marked “private” will not be distributed outside the Photobucket Services. [My emphasis added.]
Given the recent mess with TwitPic, it sure would be nice if Twitter would clear up the photo rights and licensing issues before it rolls the service out in full. A disclaimer that prohibits license extensions of images to third-parties would ease a lot of photographers’ concerns.
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