If you have an account and have uploaded images to 500px, you may want to dust off your password and take a peek, as the photo-sharing and licensing site has made significant updates to their Terms of Service. The latest update since being acquired by Visual China Group in February 2018 is causing some controversy in the community.
Beno Saradzic did everyone a solid and actually read the updated Terms of Service to notice some really scary updates. In a Facebook post, he wrote: “…It seems they have made a full transition to the Dark Side… 500px, seriously, WTAF??”
Saradzic, photographer and Fujifilm ambassador, is also a popular member on the photo-sharing site with nearly 30,000 followers and 13 million views. He highlighted questionable pieces of the updated policies, which included the below:
By submitting Visual Content to the Site, you grant to 500px a non-exclusive or exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license to use, sublicense, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Visual Content in connection with the Services. This license will exist for the period during which the Visual Content is posted on the Site and will automatically terminate upon the removal of the Visual Content from the Site, subject to the terms of any license granted by 500px or through our authorized distributors and these Terms;
As scary as the wording may be, however, it seems like this language is the norm with any photo-sharing and licensing website. There are pieces to the updated terms that require confirmation when uploading images to the site to allow 500px to license your images and become a Contributor. For comparison, check out Instagram’s policy below:
We do not claim ownership of your content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, when you share, post, or upload content that is covered by intellectual property rights (like photos or videos) on or in connection with our Service, you hereby grant to us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content (consistent with your privacy and application settings). You can end this license anytime by deleting your content or account.
While the policies may not be as drastic of a change from the original policies and are similar to one in place on Instagram, there have been other updates 500px has made, including the removal of their Marketplace, which allowed licensing under Creative Commons, that have forced photographers to deactivate their accounts with the service.
Are you still using 500px despite these changes? Sound off in the comments below, and let us know your thoughts.