Is Sharing Caring? Copyright & Instagram Regram
Instagram has more than arrived with explosive growth to over 300 million users, corporate ownership by social media Grand Daddy, Facebook and Instagram’s redefinition of the fashion industry. Given that marketing mantra “Content is King” is so widespread, it is worthwhile considering some of the copyright issues in using Instagram posts and importantly the extent to which images, once posted, can be used in the form of a Regram.
Relevantly, users warrant that:
They own posted content or that they otherwise have the right to grant the rights and licenses;
The posting and use of content on or through the service does not violate, misappropriate or infringe on the rights of any third party, including, without limitation, privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark and/or other intellectual property rights; and
They agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owed by reason of Content you post on or through the Service.
Instagram provides a mechanism to report claims of intellectual property infringement see INSTAGRAM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Sharing content is at the heart of social media. Facebook friends share, Twitter tweeters retweet and Pinterest people pin. However, Instagram provides no function to share or reproduce the posts of others.
In a culture of sharing it is inevitable that posts will be shared and with Instagram this is through an Instagram Regram. A Regram is when an Instagram user posts a photo from someone else’s account to their own. Users benefit from reposting this fresh content to their network.
Culturally Regramming is viewed as permissible, indeed it is considered complimentary provided that the correct etiquette is followed. In particular, a Regram should credit the original poster by either watermarking their Instagram handle on the image or mentioning it in the new caption, along with the original text.
Even though an Instagram Regram may be a compliment and may credit the original poster, unless permission is given by the original poster, a Regram is copyright infringement.
Although you might carefully follow online etiquette any Regram may be the subject of challenge and complaint. The easiest way to avoid potential issues is to simply seek permission to Regram from the original poster.