Amazon Cloud Drive — Read the Fine Print, Then Verify
A little over a month ago I heard about Amazon’s new Cloud Drive offering. Reading the explanation of what it is from Amazon was tantalising. Talking with some folks who were checking it out made me even more excited. Unlimited photo storage for a mere $12/year (US) seemed too good to be true. The good news is that if you are looking for somewhere to store your photos this is an incredibly cheap deal. I’ve read around the web (do a search) that Amazon’s tools to work with the storage leave something to be desired at the moment but I imagine that will improve with time.
Even this answer isn’t entirely clear; however, it’s clear enough for me given that a) they do say “personal use only” b) specifically state “photography business” c) (the clincher for me) refer to “commercial offerings” that if you are a professional photographer the service is NOT for you. What do you risk by using it anyway? Who knows. Clearly you should not rely upon Amazon’s cloud drive as your single source of storage for your photography business’ needs. Will Amazon ever know or do you run a great risk if you’re just backing up a single copy of your digital assets to their service? Who knows. It’s tempting to use the service but then I think about how much I’d like it if someone used one of my photographs for their business despite my copyright and the answer becomes pretty clear.
For reference here are the questions I asked:
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