I’m very unhappy

Unacceptable ToS for photographers/artists

As a photographer, I am very concerned about your Terms of Service with regard to copyright and licensing of my photos.

Normally, I would not give any party a license to my photos other than for the purpose for which I intended it to be used but your ToS state

"You hereby grant to our Company the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display all content, remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, or other information communicated to our Company through this site (together, hereinafter known as the "Submission"), and to incorporate any Submission in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. Our Company will not be required to treat any Submission as confidential, and may use any Submission in its business (including without limitation, for products or advertising) without incurring any liability for royalties or any other consideration of any kind, and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities that may appear in future Company operations."

This potentially gives you full editorial and reuse rights on any photograph I link to when posting to twitter through Pluggio. No professional (or serious amateur) photographer could accept this. I would expect this to also be a concern for anyone else producing original content and not just photographers.

Many an international photography competition has faced the wraith of photographers throughout the world for trying to grant themselves similar (or even much weaker) rights in their competition rules.

I fully appreciate you need to get permission to be able to post stuff and perhaps to have it appear on other channels in due course, but this is not a sustainable ToS condition if you want to grow. I suggest you look at some of the competition submission forms for the more serious photographer magazines to see alternative wording that might be acceptable.
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