In one of the most hilarious stories we’ve read recently, Brian May, the guitarist for Queen, just had his Instagram account suspended for copyright infringement after he posted a picture of– get this– himself.
Yup, you read that right.
Brian, who claims he tries to always credit the photographers whose pictures he uses, accidentally forgot to do so this time, and apparently this was the wrong woman to mess with.
The woman simply known as ‘Barbara’ has been called out by the musician after he claims that she should have just reached out to him via Instagram personally, and asked for the credit that way, instead of flagging him and getting his account suspended.
“…they not only took the picture down but disabled my whole account until I’d dealt with the issue – which took 45 minutes of my time that I could not afford because the link refused to work on my phone.”
Well this is what I woke up to. How RUDE ! I’m usually very careful to credit anyone whose photos I post – but in this case, at the end of the day, I must have forgotten. So, rather than write to me and say “dear Brian- you seem to have forgotten to credit me on this picture”, this person – Barbara Kremer is her name – reported me to Instagram and they not only took the picture down but disabled my whole account until I’d dealt with the issue – which took about 45 minutes of my time that I could not afford because the link refused to work on my phone. What an incredibly unfriendly act from you, Barbara ! You not only took my picture and are evidently exploiting my image, and making money off me without so much as a ‘by your leave’ – but you actually stop me using a picture of myself ! What a crazy world we live in these days. All I can say is that if you feel you were ‘violated’, I feel pretty violated myself. To the point where If I ever discover that you are at one of our concerts in future, look out, because, logically, I will be tempted to have you thrown out. Well, Good Morning !!! Bri
We hate to say we’re laughing, but we’re totally laughing.
Not only is it ridiculously funny that the copyright infringement had to do with a picture that was literally of him, but it’s oddly relatable that this 45 minute fuckery on his phone with a faulty link would cause so much turmoil.
Brian also brought up the incredibly valid point that if Barbara wants to get into the logistics of copyright, then when did he give her the right to use his face to make money?
Ultimately, it looks like Barbara will be paying the price because Brian has claimed that if he somehow finds out that she’s ever at one of their shows, he’s kicking her out.
Yikes, hope the complaint was worth it girl.