Apr 5 Posted 4 years ago
Pinterest isn't posting/pinning stuff, users are... just as Facebook users do, and even Instagram users (since you can use any image you save on your phone in instagram--not just original photos you take). Also, the users who are pinning items aren't profitting from the items being posted. Pinterest may be, but then again, you can't really prove they are directly profitting from those images which are copyrighted. There is plenty of material NOT copyrighted on Pinterest. I have an entire board that is my own original jewelry, and I photographed it. These items have been re-pinned by others and I'm happy about that! I love Pinterest because it has nothing to do with PINTEREST. I feel like I'm in a true online "community" of sorts when I'm on it if I am searching. If I'm looking at my own boards I feel like I'm in my own scrapbook. You aren't constantly reminded you're on Pinterest. It's simply a great tool for people to save photos. I don't see how any copyright infringement case could find Pinterest at fault (and I'm a web writer for a major global corporation so I have to deal with Internet/media law daily).
Mar 3 Posted 4 years ago
Yesterday I had a long chat with a lawyer here in the UK about the Pinterest dilemma and she basically made the point that until such time as a case is brought over copyright infringement, and a judge has made a ruling about it, none of us will be any further forward.
When that comes up it will be a very Pinteresting court case to watch...
Mar 1 Posted 4 years ago
I see very few people claiming ownership of images they pin, I see more caveats identifying others. It's where people post stuff they like (or personally sell) — I use it like a scrapbook, one that helps jumpstart my creativity. People who look at or follow my boards get a little sense of who I am, and sometimes there is a connection.
Next we'll boycott paper companies because people print stuff on it and sometime these folks don't have the rights. This ain't new. "Plagiarism" is a 17th century word derived from the Latin "plagiarius" which means kidnapping.
Sorry, I see this as a tempest in a teacup. Yawn.
Feb 28 Posted 4 years ago
Here's a thought.. why not share so that we might all build and grow? I agree that people should be compensated for their work and where do we draw the boundaries? Rather than being secretive and keeping it to yourself, why not share it with the world? As more and more is freely shared in the world; it all comes around.
Feb 27 Posted 4 years ago
A lot of this is free advertising for people but I can understand where they are coming from and why they'd be upset as its a potential lack of revenue. Hard call.
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