I know a lot of people – both online and off – who completely adore Pinterest. And I can’t blame them for that love; it is a pretty awesome concept.
A few months back, I joined and set up boards in order to see what all the fuss was about. I pinned some stuff and repinned a bunch more. I only signed on every so often, though, because – as God is my witness - I didn’t need another time suck.
But then the articles started posting.
…Original site sources were not getting credited. And those site owners weren’t happy.
…Other site sources were getting pinned, but those site owners didn’t want anything to do with Pinterest.
…Copyright questions were raised. And Pinterest’s practice of downloading each image seemed to be at the crux of the problem.
…Napster comparisons were made. And – call me crazy – I’m not interested in being sued.
So I deleted my boards.
And vowed to start anew.
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So why did I delete my pinboards just to start the lack-of-credit, copyright-infringement time-suck over again?
Because I did want to be on Pinterest to some degree, but I wanted to be sure I wasn’t inviting a lawsuit.
And to ensure that I am “safe” going forward, I am making sure that every new pin I make…
- links back to the original source, and
- is pinned with permission
Yes. As crazy as it sounds, I’m actually asking for permission for each pin I’m making.
How am I asking permission?
- I know the site owner personally, and know they are OK with me pinning their photos
- See that the site currently uses a ‘Pin It’ button
- Am first posting to a business’ FB wall or tweet stream asking if pinning is OK
You guys might think I’m crazy or that this is serious and unnecessary overkill. But to me, it’s worth it. I don’t want even the slightest bit of doubt about my pins. I think photos of babies wearing hand-knit animal hats is just as cute as the next mom. But so cute that I’m in violation of copyright laws?
I don’t think so.
So where do you sit on the Pinterest spectrum? Am I being a crazy, paranoid lady? And if you want to (re)follow me, my new Pinterest username is LJostes.