Instagram has just declared that it owns all the photographs that you keep on uploading onto the service. The millions of photographs that have already been uploaded, according to Instagram, belong to the photo sharing service and they can use them in any manner it sees fit to, commercially as well as freely. It means it can sell your photographs to advertisers and publishing houses without paying you or even notifying you.
Naturally the online community is enraged and people are thinking of taking there photographs somewhere else or at least download them and then delete the account afterwards.
There is always some cost to using a free service. In most of the cases online networking services that depend on their users to generate content depend on advertising to generate revenue. The problem with Instagram is there is no direct traffic to the website as all the content is uploaded via mobile devices. So it is but natural that they would think some way of making some money. Since the photographs uploaded by users is the only asset they have, they are planning to monetize it. The problem is, they should have made this clear a long time back, preferably when people hadn’t uploaded millions of photographs to their servers. This reeks of cheating.
The text that you’d like to pay attention to is:
Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.
Though some claim that the situation is not as grim as it is being portrayed by different websites and experts.
Anyway, if you want to download all your Instagram photographs there is a nice service called Instaport (due to the recent news there has been a deluge of downloads from this website and hence you may occasionally encounter error, so try again. Also in case the URL doesn’t seem to be right, search for the name on Google to find the correct URL).
Once you have signed in using your existing Instagram account you can download all your images in a single zip file.
After that, if you want, you can delete your Instagram account.