Stop art theft on Instagram - more protection for artist's works
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Art theft on Instagram has been a growing problem. Some people think that since it's on the internet, they can do whatever they want with what they find.
Reposting wouldn't be a big issue, if they just respected the artists' will.
Some creators don't want their art to be reposted on other social medias, while others allow that, but only if given proper credits.
Lots of Instagram accounts keep reposting art, cutting out, deleting or blurring the creator's signature, and/or editing pictures without first asking if they could do so. And then, they proceed to put their name on it.
This way, artists can't be reached and praised for their work, and sometimes they get less notes where they originally posted their art than the reposted one - but since there's usually no way to tell who made it, they won't get more visibility.
Quoting the site's guidelines:
“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.”.
So, the site doesn't allow such behaviour, but doesn't really take action when it happens anyway.
In order to get his works deleted from the platform, an artist must make an account. Then, they can ask whoever posted it to delete the picture - but that doesn't mean the user will do it. Lots of accounts proceed to block whoever tries to interfere with their posting routines, being it the original artist or not.
So, the poor artist have to fill a report for every single picture, with proof that it's their own work.
It can be a long and stressing thing to do, depeding on how many time the work has been reposted.
With this petition we're asking more protection towards content creators by taking action on accounts who have the tenedecy to repost stolen art.
We think that a new option that allows every user to report a post the same way a creator could do, with a link to the original art from a valid source, could be a nice start.
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