There's a new Facebook app on the market called 'Photos At My Door'. This new app enables your Facebook friends to browse through your galleries and buy different photo products (prints, mugs, keychains, phone covers) using your own images. The question is, do I want my friends to have the ability to sift through my public and 'friends only' albums and make mugs and keychains out of my images or worse yet, buy prints? The answer, on a professional photographer standpoint... absolutely not!
This is starting to sound a lot like the mess that Instagram was in a few months back, but blatantly more insulting to the hard working professional photographers that reside on Facebook. The argument could be made that only public albums and 'friends only' albums are used in the service, but a photographer's copyright is still that... their copyright. When I looked up their terms of service the same technical jargon was on there as Instagram's.
We all signed a TOS agreement with Facebook when first joining, and Facebook has come out several times declaring that we the individuals own the photos that we upload onto the service. Although, with over 250 million photos being uploaded a day that's not exactly chump change to this new app. You don't need to be signed up for the app for your friends to be able to buy your photos, meaning that anyone that is a Facebook friend can pretty much order things at their leisure using your images. I don't see anywhere on the app where it states that you will be notified if someone purchases one of your images.
I find this new app truly disheartening and disrespectful of a photographer's copyright. I should alone allow users to buy my images how I see fit, not some third party app. Even with their 'copyright notice' on their TOS, this hardly seems legal.
Most of our readers here at Fstoppers are either advanced amateurs or part/full time photographers and I am sure the majority are Facebook users, as well. We all use Facebook as a way to market ourselves and our services. How do you feel this may impact your business and images?