Parents! Disney wants your stories – forever, and ever

Story, the new app from Disney, looks great and is easy to use. Free to download, all you need to do is to sign up for an account, or log in using Facebook. Easy! Maybe too easy. With your use of the app, you are signing away copyright to your photos and other creations made within the app.

Disney isn’t the first to include legalese in it’s Terms of Use so that when you use their service anything you create or share can be used without any additional permission, attribution or compensation. Facebook tried it, so did Instagram after acquisition by Facebook – both had to backpedal.

While the Terms of Use that the app references is dated 7/25/2011, prior to the Story app Disney probably was not in the position to receive such large amounts of user media. With this app, Disney is likely to see millions of photos – and while this Terms of Use is in effect everything you share is Disney’s to use, profit from and exploit.

In the past, the blame has been laid on the shoulders of over eager and over protective lawyers. I’m not a lawyer, maybe I have misread the Terms of Use. However, these Terms of Use are supposed to be read, and understood, by the general public so that they can agree to them. They don’t need to be written like this…

“Hey guys, you know – when you share your photos, videos, music and stuff with us, we’re not going to share them with anyone you don’t want to. What? Dude! I’m offended, of course, we’re not going to take your stuff. We know it’s your stuff. Nah, we’re not going to sell that unflattering photo of you for an ad about obesity. Trust us, we’re Disney!”

We have yet to see if Disney backpedals, but one thing is for sure, over and over again major companies seem to push the boundaries of copyright. So, to all companies, please say it loud and clear – your “stuff” is your “stuff”, we won’t use it, abuse it, or sell it.

At-a-Glance: Disney’s Terms of Use (in pictures)