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No, Your Instagram Photos Aren’t Yours (And Someone Else Can Sell Them For $90,000)

by • May 27, 2015 • InstagramComments Off on No, Your Instagram Photos Aren’t Yours (And Someone Else Can Sell Them For $90,000)41984

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What is on the Internet, stays on the Internet, right? Well not always. And you know what else, everything we post on social media falls into the public domain. Yes, everything, including your Instagram photos of course. And because copyright laws are rather flexible in that domain, anyone can actually share and even sell your photos.

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Richard Prince, an American painter and photographer,  gave the world a strong reminder that everything we post on social media is public and can be shared and even sold for real world money.

As part of the Frieze Art Fair in New York, Richard Prince displayed giant printed screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos. He did not inform the users nor asked for their permission. Yet, he was even able to sell them for $90,000 a piece, and it was all legal.

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His collection, titled “New Portraits,” is made up of pictures , mostly women, that are nothing more than 6-foot-tall screenshots of Instagram photos from people he did not even know.

And yes, this is all possible because of unclear copyright laws. Basically, technology has evolved much faster than our legal system, as always.

How would YOU react if one of your Instagram photo was sold by someone else?

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