Reporting Copyright Infringements
Submitting a claim of copyright infringement is a serious matter with legal consequences. Before you report a claim of copyright infringement to us, you may want to reach out to the person posting the content. You may be able to resolve the issue simply by bringing it to their attention without contacting Instagram at all.
If you're not sure whether the content you're reporting is infringing your legal rights, you may want to seek legal guidance. Keep in mind that submitting intentionally misleading reports of infringement may be punishable under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the United States or similar laws in other countries.
If you believe your copyright is being infringed, the fastest and easiest way to report that to us is to use our online form. You do not need an Instagram account to fill out this form. Alternatively, you can choose to use traditional (and slower) methods, such as mail, to contact our designated agent. In that case, you will need to make sure you send us a complete copyright claim in your report.
When submitting a claim of copyright infringement, it may be required by law that you include the following:
- Your complete contact information (full name, mailing address, and phone number). Note that we regularly provide your contact information, including your name and email address, the name of your organization or client who owns the right in question, and/or the contents of your report to the person who posted the content you are reporting. You may wish to provide a professional or business email address for contact by users.
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
- A description of the content on our site that you claim infringes your copyright.
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material on our site. The easiest way to do this is by providing web addresses (URLs) leading directly to the allegedly infringing content.
- A declaration that:
- You have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted content described above, in the manner you have complained of, is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law
- The information in your notice is accurate
- You declare, under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright that is allegedly infringed.
- Your electronic signature or physical signature
The easiest (and fastest) way to submit a complete claim is by using our online form.
You can get a link to photos and videos that have been shared publicly. If an account is set to private, you won't be able to copy a link to any of their posts.
To get a link to a post in the iOS app:
- Tap above the post
- Tap Copy Link to save the link.
You can also get the link by viewing the post on the web. To get a URL from the web:
- Open your web browser.
- Go to instagram.com/username. For example, if the username is "johnsmith," type in instagram.com/johnsmith as the URL.
- Click the post you want to save and copy the link at the top of your browser.
The fastest and easiest way to send our designated agent a DMCA claim of copyright infringement is by using our online form. If you wish to contact our designated agent through traditional (and slower) methods, you can contact them at:
Copyright Agent, c/o Instagram
1601 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 384-2250
Fax: (650) 384-2253
We’ll process the claim, which may result in removing the reported content from Instagram.
If the content is removed, the party that posted the content will receive a warning letting them know that content they posted to Instagram was removed because of a notice of copyright infringement. We will also provide them with your contact information, including email address and the name of your organization or client, and/or the contents of your report.
If the party that posted the content believes that the content shouldn’t have been removed, they’ll be encouraged to reach out to you to try to resolve the issue directly, and if the content is removed under the notice and counter-notice procedures of the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), they will also be able to submit a counter-notification under the DMCA.
Keep in mind that if you choose to message the other person directly instead of submitting a claim, Instagram won’t get a copy of your message or be notified about the issue.
When we receive a report from someone claiming that content on the site infringes their copyright, we may need to immediately remove that content from Instagram without contacting you first.
If we remove your content because of a copyright claim, you’ll receive a warning from Instagram that includes the contact information of the person or company who made the report and/or the contents of the report. If you believe the content should not have been removed, you can follow up with them directly to try to resolve the issue.
If the content was removed under the notice and counter-notice procedures of the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), then you will be able to file a DMCA counter-notification. If that is the case, you will also receive further instructions about this process in the warning you receive from Instagram.
It's our policy to disable the accounts of people who repeatedly infringe others’ intellectual property rights when appropriate. Please make sure that all content you’ve posted and will post in the future doesn’t violate or infringe the rights of others.
Related topics: How does Instagram process DMCA counter-notifications?
Instagram complies with the notice and takedown procedures defined in section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), which applies to content reported and removed for infringing United States copyrights.
If your content was removed under the notice and counter-notice procedures of the DMCA, you will receive instructions about the counter-notification process, including how to file a counter-notification, in the warning we send you.
When we receive an effective DMCA counter-notification, we promptly forward it to the reporting party. If the reporting party does not notify us that they have filed an action seeking a court order to restrain you from engaging in infringing activity on Instagram related to the material in question within 10-14 business days, we will promptly restore eligible content under the DMCA.
In rare instances, we may not be able to restore content due to technical limitations. In that event, we’ll send you an update letting you know you may repost the content to the site at your discretion. Restored content will not be counted against you if your account is ever reviewed for potentially violating our policies about repeat infringement.
When we receive copyright claims through our online form and remove the reported content, we provide the reported user with the following information:
- Report number
- Rights holder’s name
- Email address provided by the reporting party
- Description of the rights holder’s copyrighted work
- Description of the removed content
In rare instances (such as when we are contacted by fax, mail or email), we pass through the report number and a description of the removed content, and additional information can be provided upon request.
For any content that was removed under the notice and counter-notice procedures of the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), we will include information about how to submit a counter-notification under the DMCA.