Discover and use Instagram photos

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#5 Product of the DayMarch 10, 2016


Aaron Kozinets
  • Pros: 

    Good idea.


    The software was very slow and lagged a lot. It crashed regularly and did not seem ready to be used despite launching in 2015.

    These people are scam artists. The entire system crashed for a week so I asked them to extend my subscription. One owner said that they would but then another said that they could not do this and I would just have to buy it again. I recommend everyone stays far away from this product and look into one of many alternatives.

    Aaron Kozinets has used this product for one month.


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Thomas Rep
Thomas RepMaker@lefty_thomas · CEO
Hey all, I am Thomas, one Lefty co-founders. We built Lefty to help businesses discover and use Instagram photos. Marketers and publishers need an unprecedented amount of content to engage with their audience. User-generated content, especially Instagram, is an amazing source of photos that has been difficult to discover and make use of so far. Lefty tries to ease the discovery of stunning Instagram photos and their digital rights management. Lefty is: 1. A one of-a-kind search engine on public Instagram content - Multi tag search - Fancy filters (geo, categories, colors, time) - Relevancy, recency and popularity ranking 2. A platform to manage the rights of digital user-generated photos - Once you want to use a photo, ask owner's permission to use the photo and name a price reward - The photo owner will either choose to take their price reward or donate it to UNICEF Looking forward to hearing your feedback! Cheers Thomas
Gokhan Celiker
Gokhan Celiker@goceli · Founder, WeSnap
Congrats! @lefty_thomas Lefty looks and works amazing.
Jordan Bouaziz
Jordan Bouaziz@jordanbzz
Great product ! Just tried the search engine and it worked really well :)
Thomas Rep
Thomas RepMaker@lefty_thomas · CEO
@jordanbzz glad you enjoyed it!
Paul Hart
Paul Hart@roamlocally · Oxygen Consumer
love the look and feel of it. definately something i'll dig into in greater detail. I can see a $10 account coming for a few clients. Well done! @lefty_thomas :)
Thomas Rep
Thomas RepMaker@lefty_thomas · CEO
@roamlocally Thanks Paul!
Barend@grooveplex · I follow back 💪
Hi @lefty_thomas, Great product! I got four questions about your product at the moment: 1. When I get a photo license, am I the only company allowed to use that photo? (Imagine Brand A and Brand B using the same image to promote their product at the same time...) 2. Can you/are you verify/verifying a photo on Lefty is unique and the Instagram account that posted it *is* the copyright owner or uses the photo with consent? (Imagine: I buy and use a photo from Lefty only to discover somebody else than the Instagram account owns the copyright and they get angry at me!) 3. Is there a way to know the dimensions of the pphoto want before I purchase it? (Imagine: I buy a photo from Lefty and put it on a billboard and it looks all blurry!) 4. Once I purchase a photo, is there a way to get a legally binding contact? (Imagine that I buy a photo and then the owner claims I have no right to use the photo) Thank you for taking the time to build Lefty and answering my questions
Barend@grooveplex · I follow back 💪
5. To 4: In the case I buy a photo and the owner claims I have no right to use the photo, what will Lefty do?
Thomas Rep
Thomas RepMaker@lefty_thomas · CEO
@grooveplex Thanks for your questions Barend 1. You are the only company that can use the photo (unless the photo owner has given their permission to another company) 2. Lefty team double checks the authenticity of the photo each time there is a photo request 3. Dimensions are 640x640 and we will roll our 1080x1080 in the upcoming days that you will be able to filter out 4. The photo owner will have signed our T&C's that should cover you legally. when they agree to let you use the photo. We take a screenshot of every transaction. Also, if you are planning to use the photo commercially, we suggest that you ask us for to get model releases that we will try to obtain directly from the photo owner!
Thomas Rep
Thomas RepMaker@lefty_thomas · CEO
@grooveplex the photo owner has 36 hours to respond your request. If they haven't responded or have responded negatively, you will be notified and will not be charged (you are charged only when a photo is approved for use)
Kevin Mullett
Kevin Mullett@kmullett · Dir. of Visibility & SM, MarketSnare
6. Do you review images for trademark items, properties, or people that the copyright owner cannot give usage rights to? (Imagine that an image has people in it, but those people have not signed a model release.) @grooveplex @lefty_thomas
Roman Berenstein
Roman BerensteinMaker@romanbrs · founder
@kmullett. Thanks. Indeed there are many things we review after owner's acceptance and before a photo is approved to be used. 1. First of all we check that the person who posted the photo is effectively the author. This allows you for all so called editorial uses of the content. 2. If there are no people, sensitive buildings/scenes or protected trademarks on the picture, we allow for a commercial use of the photo. 3. Otherwise we can take care of the obtention of the relevant clearance on demand (we get signed the model releases in your case). You will be always notified by us of such things when the author has approved his photo to be used. Hope this answers your question :)
Andreas Mitschke
Andreas Mitschke@andmitsch · I own a computer
This is off topic, but I recognized your goo drip-in button on the search page uses my code from a codepen I did :D I feel honored to have inspired someone with my goo pen.
Thomas Rep
Thomas RepMaker@lefty_thomas · CEO
@andmitsch Thanks :)