Will Pinterest go the way of Napster? If it was up to me, the answer would be “YES!”

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Spring AzaleasTo tell you the truth, I never even looked at Pinterest until yesterday. After all, I am loathe to use the work of others for my own benefit.

But after discovering that many of my images were being used without the required accreditation or citation, I became incensed.

Why should I give up the rights to my work and get nothing in return?

I don’t want to speak for Pinterest, but it seems that their justification is that if there is a link back to the original site, that is enough.

Not so. Many of my works are displayed on sites that are not mine and used by permission with a limited license agreement. So if my photo is pinned from a site that is NOT mine, I get NOTHING. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Pinterest seems to claim that “safe harbor” applies to them. I sense a long and protracted uphill fight for them.

Am I missing something here?

Why should I have to fight to protect what is mine?

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Hi Richard,

I understand your concerns but I'm with Diane and the minority it appears that enjoy Pinterest.  I mearly see it as a way to save things I like more than a way to make money off of someone elses things.  I tend to take it as a compliment if someone pins or repins something of mine.  It affects me like reblogging!  Thanks though for sharing your concerns!

March 26, 2012 11:21 PM
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Maureen McCabe
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I enjoy Pinterest waaaaaaaaaay less than I did before I looked at it under a microscope. I have read and reread the orig TOS and the new stuff.   Since reading and thinking I have pinned and unpinned and repinned and unpinned because I realized a "pinner" had no permission to pin the picture and the link goes to a Tumblr site that shared it from another Tumblr site, which shared it from some huge site...  and the owner of the image got a mention from the huge site but not even a link (or got a link...)

Pinterest is a hot mess but I am still a member.  I have never totally taken down my boards. 

I say "hey you, what are you linking to the image on  Gooogle image search for?" and get emails from realtors, saying they just "repinned" the image.   I unfollow real estate professionals and social media gurus  who prove over and over they are not pinning safely or linking with love. 

I look for images that I used and attributed and linked to which had a license that allowed me to use it, that are wrongly attributed to me or to ActiveRain because the "pinner" did not bother to read the post and just snagged a pretty photo and the accompanying link. I do not like seeing photos  I shared on ActiveRain that has a license that allows me to use it, pinned and ActiveRain (my blog on ActiveRain)  given credit and traffic for the photo.

I think Pinterest could go the way of Napster, but then again there are critics of ActiveRain that have said for years that all the "repurposed" content here (images used without permission, blog posts copied and pasted from other publications and passed off as original content of the member) would make ActiveRain fail. There has been pressure to quit AR because of other members stealing content (for points?) and ActiveRain's inablity to police itself and it's members. 

I think the new Pinterest TOS is a step in the right direction but I think there will be more changes to Pinterest in the future. The cost of taking down the content that does not belong there if owners demand it could sink Pinterest.  And legal challenges... and hackers posting Walmart coupons that are phishing... and spammers and scammers using Pinterest to post whatever will provide them with more income will turn people off.    

Or perhaps copyright law will evolve and change because of Pinterest? 

 

March 27, 2012 05:35 AM
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I know this post is from a few months ago, but I have not yet even looked at pinterest, mostly because I don't want just one more social network thing to eat up my time.  It seems like with the internet things keep getting messier and messier with copyright, etc.  Same thing is happening with listing and our obligation to not falsely advertise.  Messy.  Has anything changed with pinterest regarding this over the course of the last few months?  -Kasey

May 31, 2012 08:54 PM
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I am with  Maureen hoping that copyright law changes. The web is all about sharing. Pinterest allows you to share what you are interested in. As long as you pin from the source, the owner gets credit.

If you have something you don't want others to look at, share, & think about, the best approach is not to  put it on the web or specifically on Pinterest.

June 11, 2012 04:05 PM
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Maureen McCabe
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Carol wrote "I am with  Maureen hoping that copyright law changes."

Huh?  I had to read what I wrote, I don't think that I have ever hoped copyright law would change. I believe it may change.  I wrote  "Or perhaps copyright law will evolve and change because of Pinterest? " I am fond of the status quo.


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