I consider myself a little more cautious than some with regards to copyright. Most (maybe all) of the photos on my blog are my own. But I read a post today on Roni Loren’s blog about image copyright infringement that sorta blew my mind. See, I have recently fallen in love with Pinterest. I even blogged about it here. But in Roni’s post she talks about those user agreements we all agree to without reading.
Apparently, if I had read the agreement before checking the “agree” box I would have learned that Pinterest expects its users to only pin and repin content that they (me, the user) have the legal right to. So, only photos that I have express permission from the image owner to use.
But how do I know if I can repin something from Joe Piner (I made that name up btw)? How do I know he had the right to pin that photo in the first place?
The answer is that I don’t, and so I can’t repin it. Which takes all the fun out of Pinterest. I mean I suppose I could go through and passively like all the pretty photos, but then I can’t see them later.
As a writer I recognize that copyright is important. So reading about this on Roni’s blog was a face palm moment for me. Of course, if I continue to use Pinterest, I may be stealing, unknowingly, but still, using other people’s images/ideas without permission is stealing. I don’t want to be a part of that.
After reading about Roni’s experience with her blog and her warning about Pinterest, I’m not sure I am comfortable using the site. I may have to delete my account all together.
Anyone else out there on Pinterest? What are your thoughts?