I read the article, I went to Pinterest and read where those words were supposed to be... not there, could not find where that was stated. They have clear wording that if someone complains, Pinterest will remove the photo. You will notice on Pinterest at the top where it says 'about' a pull down menu will appear and you can see Copyright and Trademark for viewing.
I would read more and site more sources before I let panic set in.
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This has become such a murky area, and I am certainly not qualified to comment on the legalities of the issue. I don't participate on Pinterest, but I know it's a very popular site.
My professional photojournalist/newswire photo editor hubby, now retired, has a lot of strong opinions on copyrighting and fair use, but even he has to admit that times have changed. And, he always jokes that, if he had to do it all over again, he'd go to law school and become a specialist in intellectual-property rights.
And he would have been smart to do so! DSIL's brother is such an attorney and DSIL said even he could not afford his brothers rates!
I can't comment on the legalities either, but I have used Pinterest a very small amount to learn about it.
When you pin, you link to the source so that the viewer can click back and see more if they want.
Only my opinion, but it seems to me that Pinterest is a great way to get a lot of exposure, so I would think that photographers looking for clients or projects would want their work pinned.
Again, I don't have tons of experience with Pinterest, but to my way of thinking, collecting good ideas that people can view and link back to the source of, seems a lot different that swiping photos for your own use.
Well said Cocok. I've thought how beneficial Pinterest is especially to bloggers who use their blog as a revenue source. It certainly increases traffic on blogs. If it were such a bad thing, then why do bloggers have a button on their blog that says "Pin It"? I don't have a dog in this race. I have no photos to pin, but I do enjoy pinning especially DIY ideas and recipes. I'll leave the legalities to the Attorneys.
I had a Pinterest for a few months and had about 2,000 followers. It became very addicting but a total waste of time! I did not like it when people would re-pin hundreds of my Pin's.I know your followers are supposed to but it bugged the heck out if me! People with copyrights would need to send a DMCA take down notice and write Pinterst to have the image removed. They do this on Fetlife all the time. Most artists and photographers that I am friends with do not mind their work being pinned as long as they are credited.This message has been edited. Last edited by: BabyDollBundy,
I get what you are saying BabyDollBundy, but re-pinning is really the point of Pinterest. I see it as a tool, not just a place to save your ideas. I mean, we all could set up a computer file to save ideas in, so if that was all it was for, there wouldn't be a point to using it.
I see Pinterest as an exposure tool. If you produce a cottage industry product, and want it to get more popular so you can increase your sales, then pinning and re-pinning is an amazing advertizing tool. And it is at no cost. Same thing if you are in a small business, like photography. The more your worked is pinned, the more exposure you have, which can lead to more clients. That goes for blogs too. Many people earn an income from their blogs and need followers to get the advertisers that pay. An easy way to increase viewership is to get your posts pinned and repinned regularly. Most people who use Pinterest want their pins to get repinned.
I know that it is the point of Pinterest and I should have been flattered but when some of my followers have 500 Pins and they are all mine and I get a ton of mail saying so and so just re-pinned 600 of your pins I think that these people are borrowing my style and are copy cats.Both of which I can not stand.
Well, if you were in some sort of design or visual industry getting people to want to copy your style, or to want your style of something or another, is the name of the game. It isn't something to be annoyed by, it is something to make money from.
Maybe you just are really great at photography, or whatever it is you pin. Anyway, it is easy to remedy. Just don't pin anymore. If you keep your things on your own computer, and not on the web then no one will see them or copy them.
BDB, I believe with the annoyance level that you apparently are feeling from your post, I would not be pinning anymore. I'd go back to the way I saved inspiration photos before Pinterest came along. It's not worth being annoyed over. Pinterest is a public pinning board. It's usually understood by all who choose to use it that your pins will be repinned by other users who find them equally interesting. That's the way it works. I hope you find peace from this dilemma that is causing you to feel this way. Pinterest should be enjoyable, and if it's not, eliminate it.
I deleted all my pins and deactivated my account over a month ago. I don't deal with online nonsense.
Why did you post on a public board then complain that people are "copycats"? You put it out there in the public viewing. Why didn't you save it on your computer for your private use?
I feel bad because I coped and pasted lots of inspiration pics to an architect I am working with, he had someone enter them so I could put them on my Pinterest page to share more with him. I wasn't able to just pin them with the original links, now I get people love some of my pics but they aren't mine, one bedroom pic has been repinned many times. I wish the original post could be credited. Actually the posts are from real estate for sales sites, the architect or designer isn't name on the original site.
...but you're online right now?
EXACTLY! Mountainbeach, you took the words right out of my mouth!
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