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Posted on 03.15.2012
Pinterest Craze Could Result in Legal Troubles
Not long ago, I wrote a blog post
on the situation, Kowalski states, “Well, this got me thinking. What is the difference between posting another person’s photographs on your Pinterest page and posting another person’s photographs on your Facebook page? If the latter is so clearly a violation of copyright why isn’t the former?” Her lawyer instincts kicked in and she conducted a bit of research on the topic only to find some unsettling answers.
It seems unusual that Pinterest would set its terms so that users pinning a photo must own or have permission to pin that image, since the purpose of the site is to quickly share images. Not only that, but Pinterest also clearly states in its “Pin Etiquette”
guidelines that posters should avoid self promotion.
Until there are some legal changes made, Kowalski will not be taking the risk of pinning other people’s work, and, with that being said, I believe some changes or clarifications should be made or the popular site may end up shutting down as quickly as it became a social media craze.