Using 3rd party image hosting sites for photos

Online image hosting sites like Picasa, Photobucket, Flickr, Shutterfly or social networking sites such as Facebook can be helpful to organize and share your photos.

However, if you upload your images to these kinds of services, keep in mind that you may be giving up some amount of control over those images. It is very important that you read the “Terms of Use” for any site you are considering using.  From the time you upload your images, you may be granting the site a license to copy, modify and use the images. The sites often must obtain some license rights in order to run and maintain their services. The extent of that license varies from site to site so it is important to read and understand each site’s particular terms.

Before you click the "Sign Up" button for any of these sites, take a moment to read all of the Terms of Use Be sure you understand the terms and they do not conflict with your planned use of the site. For example, if you need to maintain a secure location to store images for purposes of a research project, you should speak to CCIT about the best options.

Here are links to the Terms of Use Agreements for several Third Party Image Hosting sites:

Terms and Use Agreements:

Picasa (by Google)
http://google.com/accounts/TOS?hl=US

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/terms.php?ref=pf

Shutterfly:
http://www.shutterfly.com/help/terms.jsp

Flickr (by Yahoo!)
http://www.flickr.com/terms.gne

Photobucket:
http://photobucket.com/terms