Instagram and copyright – Yesterday, Instagram has celebrated its fifth anniversary. Many media outlet has reported the news, highlighting their numbers (followers, uploaded images…) or reporting of world famous celebrities sending their best wishes to the most popular app.
At Picwant we find Instagram very useful for scouting new talents; we also have our Instagram page, where images of our gifted pickers are displayed.
We acknowledge that the whole “Instaworld” has boosted and pushed enormously mobile photography and videos making thanks to the speed and immediacy of its tools. In the last years phone photography has become a recognized and very specific branch of photography which is testified by the increasing number of professional photographers using a smartphone; by the number of people ever more involved in this business; by the interest of the most powerful cellular companies in increasing the quality of their camera device; by the number of course and professional trainings dedicated to this; by the way it has one way or another changed our way of communication and our visual perception.
Take a look at this link, it is a sign of the times:
(thanks to Angelo Ferrillo, who referred this article)
But there is one big issue with the world of sharing and social networking: news or creative images that are very relevant for their impact, often fill the social media worldwide and are published without recognizing the author’s copyright or royalties. Photographers must protect their work; images taken and posted have a value, and none of the content should be displayed from third party without the photographer’s permission. Certainly the communication has changed but the copyright should be not negotiable as often happens now a days. Photographers that share images to increase visibility, to express artistic inclination or to attract new clients, are first of all professionals and their work, as any other professional in any field, has to be valued and paid.
Here follows few hints to help protecting your work:
– upload images with your watermark
– upload low resolution files
– upload images with a copyright symbol