Instagram copyright infringment scams – don’t get sucked in! – Naked Security | #socialmedia


If you create any sort of online content at all – even if you’re just a once-in-a-while blogger or an occasional social media user – you almost certainly know how easy it is for other people to rip off your material and present it as their own.

We’re not talking about links, shares, retweets, and so on, which are legitimate ways for people to re-promote your work.

We’re referring to outright scraping, copying or republishing of your original content by someone else, as though they created the material themselves…

…without ever bothering to ask for permission.

At the same time, you’ll also know how easy it is to end up accused of copyright wrongdoing yourself, even if you’re always careful only to use third-party material in accordance with the original creator’s licensing guidelines.

So, given the frequent argy-bargy that surrounds online copyright issues, many social networks have established formal procedures for making complaints and appealing against takedowns.

Instagram’s procedures, for example, are listed in some detail on its official help page, which explains both how to complain if you think you’ve been ripped off, and how to respond if you’ve been falsely accused.