Pinterest and you… Legal hot water?

Do you use Pinterest?  I do and one thing I have always wondered is how you could “pin” all of these wonderful pictures to Pinterest, without having permission from the photographer or owner of those pictures, and not land in any legal trouble for doing so.  I mean this just shouts copyright violation all over doesn’t it?  Well recently I ran across a very well written piece by a blogger who also happens to be a lawyer, and she very eloquently cleared some of this up for me.  

The post by Kirsten Kowalski, entitled “Why I tearfully deleted my Pinterest Inspiration Boards” is written well and is easy to understand (since she is a lawyer after all).  My suggestion is to read her article and see what pinning and repinning on Pinterest could mean for you.  Once you check it out and come back to tell me your thoughts!  

Jesica H

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4 thoughts on “Pinterest and you… Legal hot water?

  • February 26, 2012 at 9:48 am
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    I can't access the article due to bandwidth issues, but I don't see how Pinterest could be a problem. I'm not claiming ownership for anything I pin, and in fact actually accessing the pinned item takes you directly to the source where I find found the photo...not my own page. Pinterest is a way for an item / page that is lost among the uncountable pages of the web to be seen by more people, and if the original poster/author didn't intend to share his or her photo, idea, or whatever with others then the web is the wrong place to "hide" it! Reply
    • February 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm
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      I think that means too many people are trying to access it, so keep trying. I can see your point, but make sure to read the article if you get a chance :-) Reply
  • February 26, 2012 at 10:42 am
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    I have wondered about this too, Thanks for the post Reply
  • February 26, 2012 at 10:51 am
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    well I tried to read it, I can not get it to open. it says Bandwidth Limit Exceeded The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. and I tried several times... I would like to read it because so many times I would pin something and I wonder(is it ok to do this) I'll try to open it again later, thank you for the post Reply

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