Tuesday, February 28, 2012

THINK before you PIN!

Suddenly, Pinterest is wildly popular, with over 10 million registered users.  Chances are, you - or someone you know - may be among them.  It's also lighting up the internet with controversy, mainly concerns about copyright infringemnent, which is not only unethical and dishonest, but a crime.

See something pretty or cool that you like on the internet, and want to share it on Pinterest?  There's a good chance you could be breaking the law if you do.  

You are free to pin a photo that you, personally, took with your very own camera.  That photo is yours to do with as you wish, including pinning.  (With certain exceptions)

Did someone you know take that photo?  And did you ask for their consent to distribute it?  Did they say, "Sure, go ahead!"    Pin it.

Otherwise, without LEGAL permission to distribute the image, proceding could put you at risk. 

I'm no copyright expert, I just want folks to be aware of what's going on.  So, here are several articles that will allow you to read up a little on it for yourself. 

Is Pinterest a Haven for Copyright Violations?