Stuff You Can Use: Share Your Instagram Photos With a Creative Commons License
“Flickr,” as the IamCC Manifesto states, “has something like 200,000,000+ images licensed under Creative Commons,” making it one of the largest open-rights image databases in the world. Instagram's licensing agreement, however, isn't nearly as open-ended.
As PhotoShelter Chairman and co-founder Allen Murabayashi recently noted on Wired, Instagram’s licensing amounts to “a rights grab…as a condition for participation.” In order to use the service, you must agree to let Instagram use your work as they see fit, while severely limiting everyone else’s access to it. And if you’re trying to openly share or get your work noticed, you probably don’t want that kind of restriction on it. So what’s a supporter of free culture to do?
- Determine which type of Creative Commons license you’d like to give your photos by using the handy feature selector on CC.org’s license selection page.
- Head back to IamCC and click the “Join Them” button on the front page. Then simply follow the steps after logging into your Instagram account.
Obviously, if you’re posting anything you’d want kept private, this isn’t for you. But if you’re a budding photographer looking to get your name out there, or simply want to make your Instagram images free and available online, IamCC is a great option, with a great misson.