This outrage, stemmed from one particularly discerning lawyer/photographer/blogger, when she researched into what actually came of “pinning” interesting images and work to your Pinterest boards. The results she found, initially had her deleting her boards, and made a lot more people think twice about the fantastic new network. (It certainly made me re-think my approach to Pinterest.)
What this one blogger found, way down the boring terms and conditions that most of us accept blindly, not really anticipating we would be signing away our souls (without really reading any of it) was some rather interesting agreements a lot of us made, without even knowing!
Just incase you aren’t sure what this means to your Pinterest, “member content” is anything at all that you post, upload, publish or pin. This includes pinning from the internet and re-pinning content already uploaded to Pinterest. Although this may not seem like such a terrible thing, the implications that this copyright agreement brings are far reaching and potentially quite damaging. Think for a moment, think back now to your account, how many of the images do you actually own, or did you make? More often than not the answer will be not many, but it is important to understand that in the eyes of Pinterest, as soon you have put anything on your boards, you are legally accountable for it.
Copyright means that as soon as you create an image or a piece of work from scratch, that you are the only one who is legally allowed to reproduce, publish or share it. Meaning that the whole concept of Pinterest, involves all of its members breaking the law at all times, if they pin as freely as Pinterest suggests! As Pinterest users are encouraged to pin the largest size photos or images as possible, to ensure attractive and good-looking boards, copyright is definitely infringed and the users signs away their right to blame anyone else when they agree to the phrase used a number of times, in capitals:
Unlike other social media sites, on Pinterest, the users pin actual images, which makes it even more irritating for photographers and artists. Most social networks have a thumbnail of the image in question, which links back to the original site, pinning creates a brand new duplicate of the image, which then runs in competition to the original. This could mean that the original receives less traffic (due to Google’s ever-mysterious algorithm) and this will definitely leave them feeling a little miffed, and willing to get their lawyer involved to protect their copyrighted work and reputation.