Have you heard about what’s been going on with fans who went to Janet Jackson’s concert? They’ve been posting videos from her concert on Instagram, which is pretty common practice. All of a sudden, Instagram accounts were being deleted due to copyright infringement. As you can imagine, people were NOT happy.
One person said Instagram deleted her account
Without warning. Every. Single. Photo. Gone.”
Another blogger said:
]F]ive e-mails from Instagram . . . about the five videos I had posted . . . It seems like Miss Jackson’s [legal] team is on fire. What a shame they don’t understand the times we live in.”
Legally, the lawyers are in the right, but the reality of the Internet is that copyright violation is rampant. The tricky part for copyright holders is figuring out when to intervene.
Janet herself responded to the uproar on twitter:
Hey you guys, I have been listening…
I love and appreciate my fans. I want you to know that I enjoy watching the short video clips of how you are Burning It Up at the Unbreakable shows. Please keep posting them.
My team is passionate about protecting the intellectual property we are creating for the tour and possible future projects. It was never their intention, acting on my behalf, to have social media accounts removed. Permitting the use of long clips does present a contractual problem for these projects. I hope you understand. I trust the fans will use their short recordings for their own memories and to share on their social media networks of choice.
I have asked my team to change their approach and allow you to engage socially with these videos.
I know I wouldn’t be here without the love I stand on.
Instagram also released a statement about the issue:
When we receive a valid report of intellectual property infringement, we’re legally required to remove the reported content and to disable the accounts of repeat infringers. We have identified a bug that resulted in the removal of accounts that shouldn’t have been removed. We have fixed the bug and are in the process of restoring the impacted accounts.”
That must be a relief to many Instagram users. Whether legally right or wrong, upsetting fans isn’t the best strategy, so good for Janet for making some changes! A lot has changed since she last released an album and went on tour; it’s understandable that she has to adjust.
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