How to prevent Instagram from selling your photos

Hey everyone freaking out about Instagram being able to sell your photos: just download an app that adds a watermark to your photos. Photos with watermarks will be completely useless to Instagram and thus will not be sold. Problem solved.

There are apps that will cost you just $2 on Android and iOS, and a free iOS app as well.

Want to add watermarks to several photos on your computer, then put them back on your phone before uploading? Here are a few programs that should work as well.

Or if you really want to be tacky, you could just Photoshop something like this:

Sure, this watermark looks horrible, but will your friends on Instagram really care that much?

Sure, this watermark looks horrible, but will your friends on Instagram really care that much?

And sure, that example looks like garbage, but it took me about 30 seconds to do in Photoshop (just create a new text layer with an opacity of 10% and write whatever you want, obviously).

Everyone cool now? Can we move on and stop worrying that Facebook and Instagram will steal our souls and sell them for profit?

Of course, Instagram COULD still sell your photos despite the watermark, but who’d want to buy them? Feel free to leave a comment to discuss.

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About Cody Gough

Cody Gough is a podcast and digital media executive and award-winning producer. Among his accomplishments, most notably he spent more than a decade on-air at Chicago's WGN Radio, and later produced and hosted more than 1,000 episodes of Discovery's award-winning educational podcast, Curiosity Daily. Cody is a podcast professional specializing in audio programming and production. What sets him apart is that he's a terrestrial radio professional AND a digital native with a social media marketing background. This means he's able to combine the radio industry's 100+ years of learnings with digital content expertise to make superior podcasting strategies and content. As an established radio veteran, Cody spent more than a decade producing and hosting shows on Chicago's prestigious 720 WGN Radio. There, he helped launch the WGN Plus podcast network, where he hosted their first and only dedicated video game podcast, Game/Life Balance U.S. In addition to his broadcast experience, Cody has written for various outlets, including Curiosity.com, the GonnaGeek Network, and HuffPost. He's also a graduate of several improv programs in Chicago (including the Second City Conservatory) and has written and performed for a variety of theater, film, and web productions, as well as industrial/commercial videos.

One response to “How to prevent Instagram from selling your photos”

  1. Carol says :

    Yep I agree..it’s an easy solution and something I thought about earlier today when I read it, but what’s the point? I just posted this to IG’s FB page……” Yes, ownership of the images always stays with the photographer, BUT there will be no way to police where your images are ending up, how they are being used and if any money was exchanged. The internet and all of these social networking sites are still the Wild West. Sadly, I will probably be deleting my images. I’d rather be safe than sorry.”

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