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Instagram TakeDown Process

step-by-step guide

As with Facebook, the Instagram TakeDown Form is based on opening panels based on your selection. The truth is Facebook now own Instagram, so this is a reason the form looks the same. Here I have gone through the process based on if you are an artist that has discovered an image that violates your copyright in a post or as a profile image. The form like any other is hard to find searching, so the easy link to it is here!

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So, at the start is seems quick short the form, but as soon as you select the first option (which is appropriate for your artist role), then the form expands and you are required to choose the type of infringement you feel is best suited for your enquiry. In the case of being an artist I felt that this option is best; ‘I found content that may violate my copyright.

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As soon as you then click the correct option (in this case copyright), then the next part of the form opens to be filled in. This turns out to be some arbitrary radio button asking you to select so that you can continue the form process.

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Once you have selected this, the next part of the panel structure opens up. This is the standard personal details element of the form. Legally required for any legal action. So, as with any other form simply go through the options and fill in the details. As stated on other takedown pages, use your legal name in the first part and if you trade under a name then place that in the ‘organisation’ part. As for ‘Job Description’ I always add “Creative”, but whatever you class yourself as.

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At the base of this section is a country selection option. I believe that if you select “United States of America” then there will be some additional options, but have never tested. Anyway, as soon as you have selected this the next part of the form appears. Which again is a simple radio button declaration. If you are freelance artist then the option to pick is “Me

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This opens up the next part of the box, that is asking about what you would like to report. This again is all pretty straight forward, but is advisable to use the name that you use in the account you registered with. That’s your real name, not handles or nicknames. As soon as you select either of the country options the next panel appears. This is the crucial information about the thief and your work. I have indicated several ticks that relate to further screens or things to be aware of and have marked here several pull-down menus, which are covered in the next image.

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The first box you should be aware of that if you are linking later on to an example from a page that has a different copyright claim on it (your professional name or trading name), then you should place that here. The first pull-down menu asks what you re reporting. For artists reporting violations on their work it needs to be the first option; ‘Photo(s), video(s), note(s), share(s), wall post(s) or file(s)‘.

Then you can click in the address bar and copy the exact location of the image. If you click on the image it tends to open up. And then you can copy the URL then. It tends to have the word ‘theatre’ in it somewhere. You paste the and any other URLs if its a case of multiple copies in the boxes. Then in the next pull-down option you choose; ‘This content copies my work‘. This is the closest option the the violation, so it serves the purpose.

The next pull-down menu is straight after, but relates to your work(s). Here you choose; ‘Artwork I created‘. Then under this item in the box, you place one or two URLs that lead Instagram to a place they can see the original. It’s best if it’s not a Facebook page or any social media page. A professional website, or portfolio site like BeHanceDribbble will work fine for this. Anything that shows your name, and that you own the copyright.



Then at the end, the final section simple asks you to sign a pledge that you are telling the truth. You simply click ‘Yes’ and add your name in the box. Once that is done you choose ‘Submit‘. Within two minutes you will receive a notification of your claim, and within 2-5 day (same day if you are lucky) Instagram will remove the works. So far, today, I have not had one claim rejected using this process. Good luck!