How to Report Copyright Infringement on Instagram

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Every day sees thousands of copyright infringement on Instagram, and despite this vast number, reporting violations is very confusing in help Centre of Instagram. My first attempt to report a Instagram post took almost 30 minutes, I can now complete a copyright infringement report on Instagram help center in 2 Minutes. This quick article walks you through the process and helps to make it as painless as possible.

Try with desktop

When you find that one of your photos is being used without permission, my first recommendation is to submit your report from a computer. It’s possible to do it from a tablet or a phone, but you will need to copy and paste links, dig out images from your online portfolio, input your mailing address, and potentially upload files.

In this article I am doing copyright report with my smartphone, to make it more reliable to everyone.

Follow These Steps to Report Copyright Infringement on Instagram

Firstly, log on into your Instagram account then go to the post, you wan to report copyright infringement. then

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Step 1: Click on the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the image. (Eg: Screenshot Below)

Step 2: Then a new you’ll get a new pop-up from the bottom of your smartphone. Then choose “Report“. (Eg: Screenshot Below)

Step 3: As confusing as it seems, click on “Intellectual Property Violation“. (Eg: Screenshot Below)

Step 4: Then click on “Report in help centre” Bottom of the next step. (Eg: Screenshot Below)

Step 5: You are then presented with two pages of dense text. on the first page, click on “Reporting copyright violations“.

Step 6: After that on the second page, click on “this form,” nicely tucked away at the end of the first paragraph.

Step 7: From here, things get a little more straightforward. Choose “Copyright” and “Continue with your copyright report. (Click here for Direct access )

Step 8: Instagram then wants to double check you’re in the right place by giving you a long list of options, despite you having clicked on “copyright” four times by this stage (it’s as though they hope that you might be finding this too time-consuming).

Step 9: From here you can start filling out the details. your name and contact address, the URL of the infringing Instagram post, and a link to where you have legitimately published your content. This can be your own Instagram account, your portfolio website, Flickr, Tumblr, etc. — as long as it strongly suggests that this is your photograph, it should be acceptable. You also have the option to upload a file.

For “job responsibility,” I typically choose “Other/Not applicable” and write “Photographer” in the box that then appears underneath. When asked “Why are you reporting this content?” choose “This content copies my work.”

The remainder of the form offers no further complications. You type out your name by way of a signature and then you wait for a confirmation by email. In keeping with everything else, the submission process doesn’t acknowledge that your report has been sent, nor does it say what the next stage will be.

Wait for the Confirmation Email

You should receive an automated email confirming that your report has been sent. It’s worth keeping an eye out for other emails from Instagram relating to your report as you might be asked to provide additional details or clarify something that the Instagram team has not understood. If all goes well, you will receive an email in a day or two confirming that the offending content has been “removed or disabled.” Unfortunately, in my experience, the account you just reported will continue to post illegal content.

Of course, instead of filing a report, you may prefer to contact the account that is posting your work, but I’ve found that this is usually a waste of time, and commenting on the image only adds to its visibility by boosting its position in Instagram’s algorithm. Also, if a profile gets a number of complaints against it, there’s a greater chance that Instagram will disable or delete the account completely.

Good luck with your reports, and if you have any suggestions for improvements, please leave them in the comments.

Also Read: How to Temporarily Deactivate, Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

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Manish Mehta
(Digital Marketer & YouTuber) Life motto: Be Awesome, Live Awesome! spread our knowledge, experience, and positivity to the rest of the world.

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