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Canon Launches Irista Photo Sharing Service Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

5 June 2014

Canon launched its Irista photo sharing service today. Known as Project1709 in beta, Canon hopes to provide a Dropbox-like service exclusively for photos. You can share photos stored on Irista via Flickr and Facebook but not Twitter or Instagram.

At present, anyway. Because the services are cloud-based, they can be expanded at any time, Canon said. Editing and video storage are in the works.

Other intriguing features of the service include storing Raw images with no file size limits and being able to edit Exif data in your images. You can create albums and tag photos to sort them, too. And you can search your images by time, location and even the lens used to capture the image.

The first 10-GB of storage are free. Additional storage can be purchased but only, apparently, in Europe.

Apple's iCloud will soon provide 5-GB free, while Adobe and Nikon offer just 2-GB free. Google Drive offers 15-GB free.

Note that the terms and conditions includes this copyright section:

Canon will only use your Materials for the purpose of providing you with the irista Services. To do this, you grant Canon and those we may work with a free, non-exclusive, worldwide, sub-licensable right to do everything necessary to provide the irista Services, including (without limitation) to use, publish, reproduce, host and store your Materials (the "Licence"). The Licence continues for as long as you use the irista Services. The Licence comes to an end in respect of any particular Materials when you delete them from the Website, and in respect of all of your Materials when you close your account. In case if you have shared you content with other users through a third party website the rights of use of that content will be regulated by the third-party Ts and Cs. By uploading your Material to the Website, you are warranting that you have the right to grant Canon the Licence described above. If you are not in a position to grant the Licence to Canon, you must not upload the Material to the Website.

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