I can see why people are concerned about this. I hadn't paid much attention to the T&Cs. I have now. Weasel words that do not reflect the spirit, I think, in which this site was established or in which, I suspect, many of us joined. At the heart of everyone's relationship with Blipfoto is trust and some of that trust appears to have been breached.
The T&Cs (come on guys, you need to spell "transferable" correctly) appear to cover BC in publishing this stuff on Bored Panda. It would be a different story had Bored Panda approached BC asking to use it. That, I guess, would be covered by the commercial use paragraph that states images should not be used without our permission.
What, incidentally does this bit mean: "we reserve the right to charge a fee for facilitating the commercial exploitation of the materials"?
I assume this is there in case Blipfoto has the opportunity to exploit an image as an agency would. So, in the event that you post something massively newsworthy that media outlets would be falling over themselves to publish, Blipfoto could facilitate the sale of those image rights for a fee or a percentage. I think that's what that means. If so, not a problem for me as long as they're not greedy.
But there's a fine line here on commercial exploitation. It's clear that a lot of people submitting images to the BigMoment thing had no idea those images could end up in a national newspaper or some other online photography site. Even if the T&Cs put BC in the clear, it should have spelled this out in the BigMoment blog.
It leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. I don't want my images going on any website without my permission unless I put them there; not on Facebook, Bored Panda or anywhere else. Yet, in agreeing to the T&Cs, I'm giving BC permission to do just that. So, just as I'm thinking "hey the new stats are making things better", now I'm having to think this through again. Harmless promotion? Or underhand exploitation? I'm leaning, in this case, to the latter. Who wins here, commercially? Blipfoto and Bored Panda. Meanwhile a blipper who enjoyed a bit of fun recreating something with their partner risks seeing some oik posting rude comments on parts of the web where no-one gives a damn about being excellent.