Update #1: I deleted my Pinterest account at 10:30 am (my time) on Friday, February 17, 2012.
Update #2: I am quoted in this article on Pinterest and copyright issues.
I will be leaving Pinterest tomorrow (or maybe Friday if I don’t get to it tomorrow). This makes me very sad. But I am afraid that it is a hotbed of copyright violations. I am unhappy with the way the Terms of Service and the Pinning Etiquette pages are not telling users loud and clear that Pinterest copies the images linked to, adds their own license, and could use the images for their own financial gain. All of this is legal as far as I know, but I’m going to vote with my feet.
If you do not own the images you pin, or have permission to pin them, you are violating copyright laws.
Don’t believe me? Read this:
Still want to pin? Try these articles for some great advice:
Thank you to the great members of the DTeam for bringing these matters to my attention.
- Pinterest: Images, Copyright and Benefits. What can you post? (offonatangent.blogspot.com)
- How Pinterest Uses Your Content Without Violating Copyright Laws (readwriteweb.com)