Monday mornings typically start with me rolling over and banging my bald head on my cell phone, then checking one or two emails. Last Monday morning, I received a startling email from Instagram. The subject line said, Warning. I almost peed on myself.
We’ve removed or disabled access to something you posted on Instagram because a third party reported that it infringes their intellectual property rights.
I responded immediately, but of course, the email bounced back.
In my head, I browsed through my Instagram feed and took note of all the copyrighted images. Almost every other person that I follow has a copyrighted picture of a celebrity, a company logo, or Kermit the frog sipping tea. On my Instagram, about 99.9% of the pictures and videos that I post I have personally taken. Then, I remembered the day before I went to Janelle Monae’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I had posted pictures and video from the concert, which was amazing. I developed a new level of respect for the uniformed artist. Did Janelle report me to Instagram I thought? Then, I thought about the several hundred Janelle Monae concert videos I have watched on YouTube. Song lyrics came to me:
Let’s go crazy, let’s get nuts
Look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go
Midway through the show, Janelle performed “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince, and I went crazy – dancing and singing along. Who isn’t a Prince fan? I recorded 15 seconds of the performance. And without thinking about it, I posted the video clip to Instagram. Prince or, more likely, someone in his camp had reported me to Instagram. At first, I was angry and then I asked myself, what would I do if I was Prince? I don’t know if I would have a 15 second video clip of another artist covering my song deleted, but I wouldn’t go crazy.
Read more: Prince – Lets Go Crazy Lyrics | MetroLyrics
[Photo via Rebecca Smeyne]