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Unfiltered: Photographers React to Instagram’s New Terms

It was a holiday surprise that few anticipated, and even fewer appreciated, as Instagram changed its terms/conditions of service on Monday, Dec. 17. Before the announcement, 2012 had been a landmark year for the photo-sharing service: in April, the service was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion, seeing a proliferation of users. Publications like TIME, National Geographic and the New Yorker have integrated Instagram in their editorial work — TIME has twice featured Instagram photographs on our cover this year — once for our Wireless Issue and another to lead our print coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

Instagram’s strength lies in the application’s no-fuss, integrated and intuitive interface — camera software tied to your phone (and now your Facebook account) that allow users to visually document everything from important world events to their breakfast. But as photographers adopted Instagram for creative and even professional purposes, questions arose about ownership, property rights and profitability.

According to the changes, effective January 16, 2013, any photograph posted on Instagram’s service can be repackaged and sold by Instagram for advertising purposes without the user’s knowledge or consent.  In addition, by agreeing to the new terms, users are responsible for any legal claims that may result from the promotion or use of their images.

Long story short: Instagram can use your content to increase their revenue, and if a legal claim is brought against the company regarding how these images have been used, you (the user) might be responsible for the damages.

Adam McCauley

UPDATE (Tues, 5:25pm EST): Instagram has posted a statement responding to user feedback.

LightBox will be updating this post throughout the day as more photographers weigh in. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Art for Sandy Relief: Iconic, Collectible Photographs to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief

20×200, in collaboration with TIME’s photography editors, has launched Art for Sandy Relief, a curated collection of Hurricane Sandy benefit editions. The photographs showcase both milestones and the mundane, characterizing the ever-changing and now ever-changed landscape of the authentic New York. Art for Sandy Relief comprises one of the largest art-fundraising efforts for Sandy to date. Twelve photographs in all, these museum-quality prints of New York and New Jersey are available until Dec. 16th.

“It’s an incredible honor to collaborate with TIME’s photography editors who have handled Sandy coverage with such grace and impact,” says Jen Bekman, 20×200’s founder and New York native. “We’re also thrilled to work with so many legendary photographers in service to a cause so close to us. This initiative is particularly significant to the 20×200 team since we are a New York City-based business and so eager to contribute to the rebuilding of the region. Partnering with artists to support institutions and causes that we believe in has been an important aspect of our program since its inception in 2007. This project is an extension of that practice, amplified considerably with the incredible resources and support from TIME.”

The images are works by notable artists; each reference the storms’ impact indirectly and are affecting works suitable for hanging in the home or as an addition to an existing collection. From a dramatic black-and-white ‘30s Manhattan cityscape by Alfred Eisenstaedt via the LIFE Picture Collection to a ‘70s Staten Island sunbather by Christine Osinski, these photographs are instantly iconic, reminders of all that seeks revitalization in the regions hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

These 12 archival prints are priced from $60 for an 11″x14″ print to $10,000 for a 60″x80″ print. To maximize the amount donated, all net proceeds from these special benefit editions will go to six local charities: Architecture for Humanity New York and New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, Project Hospitality with the Staten Island Advance, Donors Choose Fund to Help Schools Impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Safe Space, and Red Hook Initiative Hurricane Relief Fund. These specialized organizations are dedicated to repairing infrastructure, helping schools and businesses get back up and running, and rebuilding family homes in the communities directly affected by the hurricane.

TIME has deployed reporters and photographers throughout the tri-state area since Sandy hit. Also, TIME’s parent company, Time Warner, has contributed $1 million to relief and recovery charities already. Richard Stengel, TIME’s managing editor, announced Art for Sandy Relief in his editor’s letter in the magazine that hits newsstands Monday, November 19th, saying, “In addition to documenting the devastation, we are determined to help those affected by it.”

Visit 20×200.com/time for more information on the photographs being offered. All images are available only until Dec. 16th.

Pictures of the Week: October 26 – November 2

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From the devastation brought by Hurricane Sandy and Eid al-Adha celebrations around the world to the final week of campaigning for the 2012 U.S. presidential election and a suspected smuggler’s jeep perched atop the U.S.-Mexico border fence, TIME presents the best images of the week.

In the Eye of the Storm: Capturing Sandy’s Wrath

As Sandy drew near, TIME asked five photographers — Michael Christopher Brown, Benjamin Lowy, Ed Kashi, Andrew Quilty and Stephen Wilkes — to document the hurricane and its aftermath via Instagram.

Image: Ben Lowy's photograph appears on the cover of the Nov. 12, 2012 issue—the first TIME cover via InstagramWorking from different locations across the Atlantic seaboard, they captured ordinary people getting ready to greet the superstorm. And when Sandy made landfall the night of Oct. 29, they braved rising floodwaters, high winds and driving sheets of rain to photograph the storm’s impact on several communities.

Keep following @TIME on Instagram for the latest photos filed by our photographers, and check back on LightBox for more of our storm coverage throughout the week.

For the latest news on superstorm Sandy, follow TIME’s live coverage.

Pictures of the Week: October 19 – 26

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From the start of baseball’s World Series and Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean to the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and people dressed as pandas, TIME presents the best images of the week.