HOWTO automatically license your Instagram pics as Creative Commons

Philip Neustrom has created Set your Instagram free!, a simple way to add Creative Commons licenses to your Instagram photos (something the service doesn't support natively, meaning that technically anyone who reposts your Instagrams risks a lawsuit). Wired has a good writeup by Nathan Hurst:

“What makes Flickr’s Creative Commons licensing so great is that it’s structured: You can search through their photos and just find ones that are CC-licensed and even drill down by tag, etc.,” says Neustrom. “So I wanted to provide something with the same level of structure.”

Users sign in with their Instagram accounts, choose the CC license they wish to use, and every photo they Instagram for the next three months (Neustrom included a re-up requirement so that users wouldn’t forget they’re sharing) will be CC-licensed. Take note, though: There’s no way to selectively license your Instagram photos — they’ll all appear on I Am CC. Whether you want them licensed in the first place is up to you, but chances are, they’re not making your any money anyway.

How to License Your Instagram Photos on Creative Commons


    1. From what I’ve seen it’s like an image only twitter of what someone ate, their ugly kids, and them trying to drink like they’re 19 again.

  1. Could someone please explain the Instagram phenomenon to me?  I don’t get it.  Most Instagram images look like badly weathered 70s Polaroids.

    1. Wouldn’t it be funny if the entire art and discipline of photography was lost on almost everyone, and wacky-looking filters were all it took to make people go “crazy pic bro”?


  2. I had Instagram on my phone for about 45 seconds. When I understood that I had to have an account and give my information to Facebook (who owns Instagram now), and that there was no way in hell to simply take pictures with this thing without providing that information and having to log into an account, that thing was off my phone so fast it left skidmarks.

    Surely there’s some way to use this thing without handing info to Facebook? Or are people just this gullible?

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