PhotoBucket has decided to change their terms of service.

"Terms of Service

* Updated 03/02/06

Before you use this site, please read these Terms of Service carefully as they govern your use of the services provided at Photobucket.com (the "Services"). By using the Services you agree to the Terms of Service set forth below as they may be updated from time to time by Photobucket.com, Inc. ("Photobucket.com"). Photobucket.com may modify or terminate the Services from time to time, for any reason, and without notice, including the right to terminate with or without notice, without liability to you, any other user or any third party, provided that when Photobucket.com does so, it will update these Terms of Service. You are advised to periodically check the website for changes in the Terms of Service.

"User Content" means any videos, photographs, images text, graphics, news articles, charts, presentations, communications photographs, illustrations text, graphics, news articles, charts, presentations or other materials provided by you to Photobucket.com. Photobucket.com does not claim ownership rights in any User Content. In order for Photobucket.com to permit you to use the Services, you grant to Photobucket.com a perpetual, universal, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, license to use, copy, distribute, modify, print, display and otherwise exploit in any manner any User Content and to enable third parties to use the Services to do the same."
(emphasis mine)

So...I'm in the process of finding another site to host photos and will then need to re-add them to the blog (and the kids' blog). Please bear with me on this one. It may take me a few days to upload everything - my photobucket account is kind of large.

And when I'm done, I will be writing a letter to PhotoBucket asking them what in the world makes them think that they, or anyone else, is entitled to the use of MY photos. Bad business move on their part...idiots.

UPDATE: I am only going to swap the pictures from the latest post over to a new image hosting site. It's entirely too big of a hassle to sit and swap them all over and then go through and edit each post to add in the new pictures.


- hfs

1 comment:

Dublindog said...


My name is Peter Pham, and I am part of the management team at Photobucket.

We at Photobucket recently updated the Terms of Service on our Website with the intent of adding more features that allow you to do more with your photos and content. Unfortunately, our new TOS language was not clear, and did not accurately communicate our intent. We sincerely apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

As a result, we've just updated our Terms of Service, correcting and clarifying our intent and the limits of the license you grant us in accordance with your use of the Photobucket service.

The initial reason for the change was to address a concern related to members of our site linking their content to other bulletin boards, web sites, and other third parties. When that linking occurs, the content linked is now part of the third party site even if it is still physically on the Photobucket service. The change was intended to protect your content on third party sites. We also needed to add some language to allow you to print your images through our third party fulfillment company Qoop (the MakeIt button).

At Photobucket, our members are the heart and soul of what we do - your thoughts, behaviors, concerns and preferences drive our business, and we value your opinion. It is important to us to hear your concerns, and act swiftly and appropriately. We have revised our Terms of Service to clearly reflect our original intentions. These updated terms are posted here http://photobucket.com/terms.php .

We want to make sure it's clear that our privacy policy has not changed, posted here http://photobucket.com/privacyPolicy.php - Photobucket will not rent or sell your personal information for use by third parties.

It is our sincere hope that these changes clarify the intent behind our revised Terms of Service. Please feel free to pass along this note to any other concerned users with whom you come into contact. As always, we appreciate your feedback.


Peter Pham
Sr. Director of Business Development


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