Signing away lots of your rights is not cute


General Culture

Cute Overload might be the most popular site that exists because people send in their own photographs so that they can appear on the site. How many people have had a look at the “terms and conditions”, though?

When you send in an image you agree to this: “In consideration for your Works appearing on the Website, you grant the Company a perpetual royalty free non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, translate, transmit, distribute and sub-license any Works you supply or communicate to the Website in any medium, now in existence or hereafter developed, for any purposes, including commercial use.” (my emphasis) In a nutshell, they can make money off of your photography (and they will!).

Needless to say, this behaviour appears to be quite common, as a quick Google search confirmed. Here is a post about the practices on Facebook. Photographers might want to have a good look at number four!