In order to post some ski pix here on Epic, I was just about to sign up with ImageStation and noticed some of the fine print. In particular, the section attached below caught my eye.
If I read this correctly (Oboe, Gonz - help!), by accepting their TOS, I grant them the right to do anything they want with my pix, and not pay me a red cent if they make a profit through their use of my images. I used to do professional wedding photography, and this *really* rubs me the wrong way.
Obviously, I can (and will) vote with my feet and walk away and not accept their TOS, however, I just wanted to bring it to the attention of others who may use their service.
I also was curious if the other free image hosting services use the same language in their TOS's?
Question #2 - From a brief look at some of the other free image hosting services, it looks like many of them only allow images at quite low resolution (or only allow "outsiders" to view them at this low rez). In fact, some don't allow any external links to specific images on their sites making them useless for EpicSki users. My home ISP does allow some storage, but I don't want our home / private email adr harvested by the spam-bots (or worse). Suggestions anybody?
Tom / PM
Edit: (1) Whoops - forgot to append the offending text. (2) Added question #2.
From their Membership Agreement / TOS:
" ... In consideration for the Service, and the potential benefits related thereto, you grant ImageStation, its successors, licensees and assigns, a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty free license to use, modify, reproduce, distribute, publish, publicly perform, and publicly display your Member Content, by all means now known, or later created, including but not limited to display on the Internet, and in all forms of media, now known or later created.
With respect to your Public Member Content, such license includes, without limitation, (a) the right for ImageStation and third parties to access and view the portions of your Public Member Content on the Community Area; (b) the right to access, display, reproduce, modify, and transmit any portions of your Public Member Content, and to create, reproduce, display and distribute selected images, frames, thumbnails or stills from such Public Member Content. You agree that ImageStation may use the Member Content that you provide and make available on the Community Area (by selecting such an option when uploading materials on the Site, or at a later time), at any time for any other purposes. ..."
[ August 01, 2002, 06:14 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]