How to Protect Your Work on Instagram

How to Protect Your Work on Instagram
 

Instagram is so important to your business.

But it’s scary to put your work out there when you know it could be copied.

You created this work. You don’t want someone else stealing it.

Luckily, there are a few easy ways to protect your work on Instagram…

1. Copyright It

The best thing you can do is copyright your work.

It means that you own the work and your art, photos, ebooks, and online courses can’t be stolen.

Once your business starts doing well, you’ll see companies popping up on Insta with similar work. They’ll try to confuse followers and steal your sales. Without a copyright, there’s no way to stop them.

The more eyeballs on your brand, the more risk that someone steals it.

Own your work before you share it with your followers.

Read More: How to Copyright Your Work

2. Add a Copyright Notice

You’ll need to let the world know that the mark is protected.

Add a copyright symbol © to your work. This puts people on notice.

You can also add copy that says, “This work is protected with a copyright. We report all Copyright violations to Instagram immediately. Copyright violations may result in damages and your account shut down.”

3. Watch for Tags

When people mistakenly tag you instead of another brand, that’s a sign!

It means that copycats are starting and it’s time to protect your work asap.

You need to act fast because you only have 30 days from then to file the copyright. Otherwise, you’ll lose the rights.

4. Search for Similar Work

You'll want to search for similar work.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Search your exact work title

  2. Search keywords from your work title

  3. Search words to describe the work

Write down all the similar companies. You’ll want to know what they sell, where they sell, and when they first sold the work.

Bring these results to a copyright attorney.

We’ll be able to tell you the best thing to do to stop these copycats.

5. Shut Down Copycats

When you have a copyright, you can stop copycats.

You can reach out to them via DM and ask that they stop using the work.

If they don’t respond, you can easily report similar work to Instagram.

They’ll ask for your copyright registration number and close down their page.

You should always work with an attorney to make sure the work is similar first. That’s because there can be legal consequences to doing it incorrectly.

But overall, when you have the copyright, it’s easy to stop copycats.

Read More: Exactly What to Do When Someone Copies Your Work

 

 

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How to Copyright Your Work

How to Copyright Your Work

In this guide, you’ll learn…

How to create work you can protect

How to file a copyright application

How the copyright process works

How to stop copycats in their tracks

Nicole SwartzCopyright