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How to Stop People from Swiping Your Online Photos

  No one asked for your permission to use it, and you certainly haven't received a check.

Scenarios such as this one have struck fear into British photographers now that a new act has been passed that could make it much easier for companies and individuals to license online photos for their own use. While Parliament works out the details of its Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, photographers are up in arms, and have renamed the law the Instagram Act, a reference to last year's Instagram debacle.

When Instagram released new terms of service, many thought it meant Instagram would have the right to sell users' photos to companies to place in ads, without the users' permission and without compensation. Instagram said that was not its intention, and struck the offending language.

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