Google+ Photograph Policy for Photographers

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The maximum width for photos on G+ is 2048 pixels wide and Google+ doesn’t allow nude photos. Now no issue there with that policy. It’s made very clear in their terms of service and violating Google’s TOS. The image search feature allows Google+ to profit from other people’s work without compensation. The TOS (terms of service) allows Google+ license to images — that could cause photographers to stop uploading images to the website come to a screeching halt.

Google+ TOS policy sound extremely serious and should not be taken lightly.

  • There are no termination of rights statement like Facebook provides.
  • Google+ uses the word “perpetual” in their terms. Google+ needs to clarify when the rights end and how a photographer can end them when needed—especially if a photographer sells their rights to a third-party.
  • Image manipulation scares many photographers. That would mean they could take the image the photographer snapped, modify their images arbitrarily, without any control and market it as their own. Hmmm?
  • What does Google+ mean by “syndicated” ?
  • What does Google+ really mean by stating in their TOS “royalty-free,” that is an word that makes photographers give Google+ the side-eye when it comes to stock photography and professional photographers.
  • Google+ image search feature allows them to profit from other people’s work without compensation. Their TOS (terms of service) allows them license to images.

This is the part of the TOS that can make any photographer stall in uploading all their precious images to Google+. Weren’t we just having this same conversation about Flickr and other photo-sharing websites?  After much uproar in cyberspace, Flickr recanted their statement about ownership of photographers images. Then Flickr allowed folks to undelete their accounts within 90 days. This was going down when my Flickr account was up for renewal. I eventually renewed but I have not had much activity on Flickr.

11. Content license from you

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.

11.4 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.

There are many photo-sharing websites available and each has its own TOS policy that I strongly suggest everyone to read. My face is tight simply from reading the Google+ photograph policy for photographers. Getty Images say Google+ is OK for photographers to upload images to Google+.

Not sure what to do with all this legal TOS? Me either; I am scratching my head nowadays about where to park my images?

Websites to showcase creative work

Behance - can install plugin on your Linkedin account



Sell stock photography on Fotolia 


A photographer can display their work on their own blog with SimpleViewer

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