500px’s latest change of terms sparks outrage among photographers

Dec 20, 2019

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500px’s latest change of terms sparks outrage among photographers

Dec 20, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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It looks like 500px never lacks new reasons to make photographers angry. Users have recently received a notice that the website is changing its Terms of Service. The updated agreement has sparked some outrage among photographers, making them delete their accounts.

Photographer Beno Saradzic (previously) shared a screenshot of 500px updated Terms of Service on his Facebook profile, particularly the part about the rights. “I just read 500px’s updated Terms. It seems they have made a full transition to the Dark Side. 500px, seriously, WTAF?? #sad” Beno wrote in the caption. And judging from the comments, many people got furious and went on to delete their 500px accounts.

There sure are plenty of reasons to be mad at 500px and even delete your account from the site. They made stupid mistakes like banning a Photoshop master they’d previously promoted on the site’s own blog. Or banning a light painting photographer because of “non-photographic content.” There have been more serious hiccups and changes that affected all of us. Some of them are the redesigned home feed, killing the Creative Commons licensing, quietly reducing free account uploads, and of course – a data breach.

All of the above reasons made me delete my account a long time ago. But if I still had the account, would the changed Terms of Service be another reason to delete it? Well, exactly, the answer is no. As PetaPixel notices, the new terms are not actually all that new. They have only been reworded a bit, but these are the same terms you have been agreeing on for years if you’re a 500px user.

Here are a few screenshots of Terms of Service before the update:

And these are 500px’s Terms of Service as they are now:

The only thing that has actually changed is that 500px has consolidated two agreements into a single new Terms of Service. Previously, the Terms of Service and the Contributor Agreement were two separate documents. And by the new update, they have been merged into one. As for other terms regarding your rights, it turns out that they have been here all along.

As I mentioned, I deleted my 500px account a long time ago for multiple reasons. If you were okay with the old terms, you will be okay with the new ones too, considering that they’re basically the same. But if you’d like to delete your account after all, here’s how to do it permanently.

[via PetaPixel]

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21 responses to “500px’s latest change of terms sparks outrage among photographers”

  1. Brian Drourr Avatar
    Brian Drourr

    All 5 people still on the platform are upset? Still? Shocker.

  2. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    Isn’t it owned by CCP.

  3. Michael Estwik Avatar
    Michael Estwik

    As I understand it, it’s similar to the terms of Facebook and Vero.

  4. Marius Budu Avatar
    Marius Budu

    I left as soon as they were sold… all downhill from there.

  5. Simon Bolz Avatar
    Simon Bolz

    Had to leave one year ago.

  6. Craig Pifer Avatar
    Craig Pifer

    I was on there at one time, but I long ago forgot my login. I suppose I have a handful of images still sitting there, just don’t know how to access it.

  7. Miroslav Vrzala Avatar
    Miroslav Vrzala

    Deleted mine years ago

  8. Jz Aamir Avatar
    Jz Aamir

    I’ve my light painting images at 500px, I guess It’s time to backup everything and delete the account. Plus I’m thinking of leaving format website too.

  9. Adam Tesdale Avatar
    Adam Tesdale

    Nope cancelled mine

  10. Jeremy Fennell Avatar
    Jeremy Fennell

    Had an account but never found it particularly user friendly. Judging by the email I got today Flickr are in trouble, not enough Pro subscribers apparently. I wonder where the future of photo sharing lies, surely not in Instagram ?

    1. Bill Debs Avatar
      Bill Debs

      Flickr needs more Pros or they will not exist. Compared to everything else they have good terms and a fair price, but that may not be enough to save them. Free seems to be the only thing people care about and free comes with lots of hidden costs (like loss of ownership of your photos).

  11. Johnny Martyr Avatar
    Johnny Martyr

    I shoot film and 500px has always destroyed the look of film grain with its compression/enhancement. Left 500px years ago when it became clear they didn’t give a damn about film photography.

  12. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    never been on it

  13. Tudor Pantelimonescu Avatar
    Tudor Pantelimonescu

    China…

  14. Anuj Shrestha Avatar
    Anuj Shrestha

    Is there a way to backup pictures in one go in 500px please advice

  15. Magnus Persson Avatar
    Magnus Persson

    Just found out theyve already removed CC licensing too… ò_ó

    Ive published everything using CC on internet since CC got defined.

    Goodbye 500px

  16. Omar Gomez Avatar
    Omar Gomez

    Had it. Before it was sold. I don’t care for it anymore.

  17. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    Visual China Group acquired 500px a little over a year ago.
    Any server based in China is subject to full dump to local gov without any need for warrant since last October.

  18. Bill Debs Avatar
    Bill Debs

    Flickr – no compression, reasonable price for full backup of photos.

  19. John(No really that's my name) Avatar
    John(No really that’s my name)

    The main issue that I see is they removed this part of the agreement, and that make all the difference in the world. Glad I don’t use 500px LOL
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/83f76fc37bc530f3506a363dce38bdb92c56330c8236c0d3f9d73937ae98bd26.png