Facebook Expands Rights Manager to Detect Copyrighted Image Use Across Facebook and Instagram


Facebook announced an expansion of the Rights Manager tool that will presently detect images automatically that violates copyrights for alleged content through Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook Rights Manager

According to Facebook:

“We’re introducing Rights Manager for Images, a new version of Rights Manager that uses image-matching technology to help creators and publishers protect and manage their image content at scale. Page admins can submit an application for the content they’ve created and want to protect, and Rights Manager will then find matching content on Facebook and Instagram.”


This extends upon IP violation reports of Facebook on Instagram that has been there for some time. Also, the Right Manager tools for videos that Facebook has added in 2018.

Rights Manager is working by cross referencing your images or videos against other person uploads in Facebook and Instagram, and also warning the owner of the content to potential violations.

User need to fill a form to implement Rights Manager protection, confirming their rights to the content, then upload the image or the video that they need to protect.

Facebook Rights Manager

Once Facebook approves it, it applies the matching system to the content to detect any reuse of this content.

The process offers more ability on this front and covers more content types, that will make users that have the right to protect their IP throughout Facebook’s platforms. Also, Facebook has implemented a process for sharing music videos in the past year.

Visual copyrights online can be complicated, especially in social platforms.

This year, the photographer Stephanie Sinclair has been ruled by the US court that had sought to litigate Mashable about her image that had been uploaded on Instagram in a Mashable story.

The court had decreed that as Instagram is a public platform and Mashable could normally reuse the post. The first ruling has been revised and the case is still going on. However, definitely, Mashable has used Sinclair’s photo itself not the Instagram embed which violates the copyrights.