Do Digital Rights Matter?
We think so and so do our users. Over a 1,250 Scoopshooters from all over the world completed our 2015 digital rights survey, answering questions about user rights on social media platforms. The results, although dramatic, came as no shock to us, with 70% of respondents claiming they are worried about how social media platforms use the photos and videos they upload to them. In fact, almost 90% of people would stop using a social media platform over these concerns! Perhaps it’s time the big players, such as Twitter and Facebook, took note of these concerns…
Scoopshooter: Brandon Hennessey
Despite worries, it seems we still don’t get round to reading the small print — less then one in five people do! Maybe we’re not as concerned as we make out… The reality is, you need to be lawyer to make sense of your favourite social media sites’ terms and conditions. But our survey suggests we’re a lazy bunch, claiming they ‘take too long to read’ (37%), while over 50% are resound to the fact that they have to agree to them anyway — so there’s no point reading terms and conditions.
At Scoopshot, we think social media platforms should be based on transparency and trust. Alarmingly, 15% of people think that their privacy has been breached by a social media platform at some point.
Of course Scoopshot is guilty of having somewhat lengthy terms and conditions (to keep the legal people happy), but when it comes down to it our service is black and white: you keep all rights to the images and videos you upload, up until the point at which the photo is sold for the price you set or agreed to upon submission. Simple!
Upload your content to social media platforms, but know your rights. If you take a photo you own it; you own the copyright. This means you have exclusive rights to it (unless you’ve been employed by someone to take that photo), which means no one can reproduce your photo, share it with someone else, or display it publicly without your permission.