MorePhotos Issues Response to Controversy Surrounding Release of Photos at My Door App

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The release of Photos at My Door, a new app that allows users to browse the Facebook photos of their family and friends and turn them into unique photo products, was met with controversy from the online community. App developer MorePhotos respond to the controversy, and offer information and insight into the question of intellectual property rights as they relate to social media posting.

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“There is a false sense of control over images posted to Facebook. Many people don’t know there is a download button under each photo which can be used without the original content owner’s permission or knowledge"

The March 29 release of Photos at My Door, the new app from MorePhotos that allows users to turn the Facebook photos of their family and friends into custom photo products, was met with a whirlwind of controversy and media attention.

Controversy erupted when the image searching capabilities of Photos at My Door were profiled in an article on photography blog FStoppers. The article argued that the app features could potentially violate the intellectual property rights of professional photographers who post their work on Facebook.

However, those rights may not be as secure as many people have been led to believe, according to Zack Wessels of MorePhotos.

“There is a false sense of control over images posted to Facebook. Many people don’t know there is a download button under each photo which can be used without the original content owner’s permission or knowledge. If you are afraid of someone downloading or otherwise using your photo, it doesn’t belong on Facebook. Truth is, it’s usually Mom or Grandma who is saving the photos because they see them and are afraid it will be too difficult to find them again. This is our target market. Our app does not allow users to access images posted to a business page. However, this should not put pro photographers at ease; there is still a download button next to your image, no app required.”

Wessels offered these tips for Facebook users who wish to maintain control over their photo inventory, but still use the social media platform to share their work:

Photographers should post their images on Facebook one of 2 ways:

1.    Post the link on Facebook to the images on your own website. This does NOT give Facebook nor anyone else rights to your images.
2.    Use http://www.MorePhotosApp.com to post images to Facebook. This app was created for photographers to protect images posted to Facebook. Images actually go to the MorePhotos App servers, not Facebook, and therefore the photographer retains full rights to images posted. There is no download button, an auto watermark option is available, and photographers can post up to 1 GB of images for no monthly fee.

Photos at my Door and their sister companies are global SaaS providers for over 10 years that have created a way to create photo products from Facebook images. Based in Traverse City, MI. For more information please visit, http://www.photosatmydoor.com

Zack Wessels
http://www.photosatmydoor.com
Phone: 231-932-0851 Ext 25
Email: zack(at)morephotos(dot)com

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