Brian May hits back after copyright takedown on Instagram

Social media has taken adopted a bigger role in regards to the legitimate use of copyright protected material over the last few years.

This bigger role has included a sharp increase in the amount of copyright violation notices being sent to those who have used a copyright protected work without authority on social media.

Instagram has seen their fair share, and it seems the number of these violation notices being sent by Instagram to celebrities for posting pictures of themselves is increasing.

People such as Khloe Kardashian and Gigi Hadid have ongoing legal battles which stemmed from them posting a picture of themselves on Instagram , but allegedly not crediting the photographer in their posts.

The latest celebrity to be on the receiving end of a copyright violation notice is a bit more rock and roll and this can be seen from his reaction.

Queen guitarist and all-round rock legend, Brian May posted a picture of him on Instagram playing a guitar at a concert.

The picture was taken by Barbara Kremer who did not take kindly to Mr May using her photo and not giving her credit.

She contacted Instagram who issued a copyright violation notice and temporarily suspended May’s Instagram account.

After spending 45 minutes trying to reactivate his account, May took to Instagram once it was re-instated to make public his anger about the situation.

His point read I’m usually very careful to credit anyone whose photos I post, but in this case, at the end of the day, I must have forgotten,”. He also said he was disappointed that the photographer did not approach him directly first about the image, instead going straight to Instagram in “an incredibly unfriendly act”.

While it seems barmy that a celebrity cannot post a picture of themselves on social media, copyright in images can be a valuable asset, so nobody can blame the photographers for protecting their work.


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