Instagram – are you signing away your pictures?

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Instagram – are you signing away your pictures?

Instagram – are you signing away your pictures?

When you first click on the site,  , this banner appears “Set your Instagram free! 3506 people are releasing their Instagram photos under a Creative Commons license.”
You automatically want to share your photo’s with others, right?
Are you setting your photo’s Free, or just letting people use them Free?


In the true spirit of sharing, your Instagram photos can now become a part of the expansive digital commons. I Am CC,  a third-party app created by developer Philip Neustrom, appends a selected Creative Commons (CC) license to Instagram photos, enabling users to release their work to be freely shared while still retaining their rights.

Neustrom says the app was inspired by Flickr, which has comprehensive features for CC-licensing photos and videos, and for searching for such content.

Flickr case study
“Making my photos available on Flickr using a CC-license has made wonderful things happen. My photos have been used in classrooms, in books and on blogs. They have been used to illustrate articles in Wikipedia or help charities’ fund-raising campaigns.” — Lars Plougmann.

Instagram, the free-of-cost, mobile-only photo sharing program and social network, has over 80 million users, and over 1 billion photos uploaded in its feed. Even if a fraction of these photos are made available under CC license to the public, it could lead to the making of a voluminous repository of free images that could be built upon, modified, remixed, or used as they are. As Neustrom suggests, such a repository could make a huge impact on the free culture movement.

According to Instagram’s terms of use, the copyright of every Instagram photo belongs to its owner but Instagram can choose to use it. Another use of I Am CC is that Instagramographers can, in one go, establish their rights across the different platforms on which their Instagram images are shared.

We hope that I Am CC, like Flickr, enables users with applying for licenses selectively to their photos. It would only befit the essence of social media – create, share, remix, & share.

But what do you think? Would you want people you have never met using your photos?

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