You see something in your Instagram timeline that you like and want to share it with your followers. Since you can’t just retweet pictures, you need to use an external program to regram pictures, or you could take a screenshot and use that instead. That’s what Hailey Baldwin did recently, but since she had used the second option and cropped out the original posters details, she’s now being threatened with a lawsuit.
Melissa Molomo says she wrote this exact post, and posted it to her Facebook page last November. Melissa posts a lot of motivational quotes and where relevant, attributes those quotes to herself or to others. Because her details as the original writer were cropped off this image, she is now threatening a lawsuit for damages of up to $150,000.
What can bloggers learn from this? You can dive into this a bit further in our post asking whether it’s OK to regram but the main two points are that asking if you can regram is always important and attribution isn’t optional.