What are you gonna do when someone takes your photo and claimed to be their own? Often enough you see multiples of the same photos posted online with different caption thinking of what it might be. Just by a simple click and it can be as your own.
What is copyright? It is explained as an exclusive given rights to the author or creator of an original work. Copyright was originally designed as a right limited in scope and duration to ensure that culturally important creative works were not the victims of monopolies and were free “to promote the progress”. Many have been set to misuse the term of copyright.
The differences between copyright, fair use and using copyrighted work are distinct as the meaning of copyright is making a copy, distribution, and derivative works, fair use is differed in ways of making a commentary, parody of the original, using own ideas as a whole to change the original. The use of copyrighted works is for example, reading a book, going to watch a movie or even borrowing a book from the library.
Instagram’s copyrighted logo, is a square shaped polaroid camera stands out it’s uniqueness and prevents others from taking their logo. Back in September 2012, it was one of the biggest news that Facebook has bought over Instagram, and thus changes in their policies have also been made. Their privacy policies have changed on how they are going to use the user’s information. There was also a big fuss where Instagram can sell the photos without notifying. As mentioned in my previous post about the privacy settings, it is important for how the users keep their photo views limits.
Even if Instagram doesn’t allow users to save or copy the original photo but in this time of age, copying the same photo is just easy peasy, every smart phone will be able to copy the same photo by just screenshooting and editing it later. For example, if the user’s profile is public and free for anyone to view the pictures, they are able to save the photo by screenshot and edit the photo, cropping the sides and post it again as their own and the owner can’t do anything when it has been posted, they will not be notified.
Just when you post on a social media or a photo sharing media, there is always a risk of you’re photos being stolen and people claiming their own piece of art.
Collins, Steve (2008). Recovering fair use, M/C Media Culture 11 (6).