Leaving Pinterest (Updated Twice)

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:

Is Pinterest a Hotbed of Copyright Violations?

Still want to pin? Try these articles for some great advice:

Pinning for HubPages

Avoiding Copyright Violations on Pinterest

Thank you to the great members of the DTeam for bringing these matters to my attention.

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  1. Fetesha Downs

     /  February 16, 2012

    Hmmm…Interesting articles (one or two aren’t loading at the moment for me). The point about using images for blog entries caught my attention. It’s funny in a way because of all the big brands moving onto the site. I’m curious to hear other perspectives on it from those businesses. Makes me wonder how sites like Polyvore also play into things.

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