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Site owners may need to get permission from Instagram users before embedding their posts on a web page, according to a company statement.

Newsweek is currently being sued for copyright infringement by a photographer who’s Instagram post was embedded on their site without express permission.

The decisions made in this case could have long lasting implications for site owners when it comes to using media uploaded to Instagram.

Here’s more about the lawsuit, how it compares to a similar case from earlier this year, and the impact it could have for websites in years to come.

Newsweek Sued for Copyright Infringement

Newsweek reached out to a photographer for permission to use one of their photos.

After being turned down, Newsweek instead embedded the photographer’s Instagram post on their site. Now they’re being sued for it.

The publication defends its actions saying permission isn’t required because the photo was embedded from Instagram, rather then being uploaded directly.

Here’s What Instagram Says

It’s written in Instagram’s terms of service that users provide a copyright license to Instagram every time they upload a photo.

However, according to a statement provided to Ars Technica, that license is not extended to sites that display embedded Instagram media.

“While our terms allow us to grant a sub-license, we do not grant one for our embeds API.

Our platform policies require third parties to have the necessary rights from applicable rights holders.

This includes ensuring they have a license to share this content, if a license is required by law.”

This could bad news not just for Newsweek, but anyone who embeds photos from Instagram on their website.

The lawsuit is still in the preliminary stage and Newsweek has tried to get the case dismissed.

A Precedent Set Back in April 2020

A precedent was set in a similar case back in April in which Mashable was being sued by a photographer for embedding an Instagram photo without permission.

Mashable ended up winning the case, as the judge decided the photographer “granted Instagram the right to sublicense the photograph, and Instagram validly exercised that right by granting Mashable a sublicense to display the photograph.”

The judge presiding over Newsweek’s case sees it differently, saying there’s not enough evidence to decide whether Instagram’s terms of service provide a copyright license for embedded photos.

The precedent set in the Mashable case could have been grounds to get the case dismissed, but Instagram’s statement to Ars Technica makes things more complicated.

Instagram is making it difficult for other sites to use Mashable’s argument by stating that its copyright license doesn’t apply to embedded photos.

Newsweek cannot claim it had a sub-license to display embedded media when Instagram explicitly states otherwise.

What Should Site Owners Do?

In order to stay on the safe side, the smartest thing site owners can do is ask for permission before using a photo from Instagram.

A simple direct message would do just fine. If they say no, then leave it at that.

Until a decision is reached in the lawsuit against Newsweek, it’s unclear what rights publishers have when embedding posts from Instagram.

Source: Ars Technica

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Instagram has brought two new features “Text to Speech” and “Voice Effects” to its platform. These features are already present on Tiktok. According to Instagram, users who create reels will be able to use these new features to make the reels better.

After Tiktok was banned in India, Instagram added a feature called Reels on its platform to attract content creators, although even after this, Reels has not been able to garner as much popularity as Tiktok, keeping this in mind Instagram is adding features like Tiktok to the reels so that more and more content creators will get attracted to the reels.

Text to speech feature will allow giving artificial voice to text. On the other hand, if we talk about Voice effects feature then with the help of the Voice Effects tool, you will be able to modify the audio and voice-over. Using these features will also be very easy, you will get a total of five-voice effect options, with the help of which you can convert ordinary audio into artificial voice including Announcer, Helium, Giant, Robot, and Singer. After recording a reel, tapping on a music note in the audio mixer will take you to the Effects menu, where you can add different sounds to your reel. Users can leverage these features on iOS and Android devices. Further in this article we will know how we can use these features to make a perfect reel.

Step 1: First of all go to the Instagram app and open the Reels section.

Step 2. After that open Instagram camera tocreate a reel or upload it from the mobile gallery.

Step 3: Now to write new text, you have to go to the Text tool.

Step 4: After typing the text, tap on Text to Speech at the bottom.

Step 5: In this option, you will see different options of voice, out of which you can select the voice of your choice.

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