“You can’t post private or confidential information or do anything that violates someone else’s rights, including intellectual property”
This is because, according to the terms, users agree that they either own they post or have sought permission from the owner. Else, it could be construed as copyright infringement.
Furthermore, to use Instagram’s trademarks, you have to that under their guidelines ad provided under the topic BRAND GUIDELINES or with their written permission. Trademarks are words, symbols, or phrases used to identify a particular company’s product and differentiate it from other companies’ products. Generally, trademark law seeks to prevent confusion among consumers about who provides or is affiliated with a product or service. So, trademark here is the use of Instagram’s signature.Now, to learn and access more information about their copyright, you go to the Instagram’s Intellectual property page. You can also access how to report copyright violations through the” learn more about reporting trademark violations” it will take you to the copyright page and the page includes Q&A on copyright and how you can report copyright violations on Instagram. You can also submit a claim to their designated agents. Instagram also provided for informations to include in a copyright report;
” Please note that we regularly provide the rights owner’s name, your email address and the details of your report to the person who posted the content you are reporting. In the case that you are an authorized representative submitting a report, we provide the name of the organization or client that owns the right in question. You may wish to provide a valid generic business or professional email address for this reason”
Additionally, we have the “Instagram Community Guidelines” page. Under this page we have issues on the protection of the community (Instagram). ” Share only photos and videos that you’ve taken or have the right to share. As always, you own the content you post on Instagram. Remember to post authentic content, and don’t post anything you’ve copied or collected from the Internet that you don’t have the right to post”
This information and other ones provided on the page, serves as a notification that whatever content you want to post must be your own or you must have been permitted. With this, it is imperative to check whatever content you want to post or share. They can be found here: http://help.instagram.com/customer/portal/articles/262387-community-guidelines.
Lastly, To post your own content on Instagram, try to follow the Instagram term of use by placing a copyright symbol on your posts, always make sure a link to your website/ email is intact on your profile and use watermarks on your contents. What is a watermark? A watermark is a more or less transparent image or text that has been applied to a piece of paper, another image to either protect the original image, or to make it harder to copy the item.
Note that: YOU AGREE THAT IN THE EVENT YOU INCUR ANY DAMAGES, LOSSES OR INJURIES THAT ARISE OUT OF INSTAGRAM’S ACTS OR OMISSIONS, THE DAMAGES, IF ANY, CAUSED TO YOU ARE NOT IRREPARABLE OR SUFFICIENT TO ENTITLE YOU TO AN INJUNCTION PREVENTING ANY EXPLOITATION OF ANY WEB SITE, SERVICE, PROPERTY, PRODUCT OR OTHER CONTENT OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY THE INSTAGRAM PARTIES, AND YOU WILL HAVE NO RIGHTS TO ENJOIN OR RESTRAIN THE DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, ADVERTISING, EXHIBITION OR EXPLOITATION OF ANY WEB SITE, PROPERTY, PRODUCT, SERVICE, OR OTHER CONTENT OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY THE INSTAGRAM PARTIES.
To end with, we should always remember that ignorance of the law is not an excuse, Read the contracts you sign online!
Sekoni-Dairo Radiyah is a year 3 student of Bola Ajibola College of Law (Crescent University, Abeokuta) and can be reached on [email protected], 09072347373.