It opened up a whole new way of saving all the great ideas you find every day on the web. Some consider it an online pinboard. Some like it. Some dislike it. Some love it. Some hate it. All have different reasons for their like or dislike. I’ve heard people say they have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. Love because they find such great stuff and hate because they spend way too much time on it. It can be a bit addictive!
My love/hate relationship with it is not because I spend too much time there. Rather it is because of the legal issues that are so unclear. Did you know that simply pinning any and every photo you see out there that you like could be illegal? Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Somebody owns that photo. A lot of bloggers like the exposure and are delighted with being pinned. Others, such as professional photographers, who are trying to make a living off of their photos aren’t quite so delighted.
Blogging with Amy says – “There are those who have deleted their Pinterest accounts entirely”
Another great site for you is Blogging with Amy. Here is her post on Pinterest. She also links to the two articles I linked to above. Another one I liked from her blog is ‘Pinterest is Changing how I Blog. And ‘Is Pinterest a Haven for Copyright Infringement’.
(here is a small excerpt from ‘Is Pinterest a Haven for Copyright Infringement’ – “Most Pinterest members are conscientious about giving a credit and a link back to the source. That gives it a little free PR. So everything’s hunky dory, right?
Wrong. Thousands of Pinterest members are breaking copyright and causing headaches for artists, photographers, and bloggers. Many image owners don’t mind at all, and are happy for the publicity! But for many photographers and artists, the problems caused by these copyright violations outweigh the benefits.” – via Greekgeek HubPages.
I’ve been researching it and I have mixed feelings. I can very well understand why photographers don’t like it. If you can save the image to your Pinterest board they may be losing potential customers who might have bought the image or print had they seen it on the owners site. There are precautions you can take to protect your photos and I highly recommend it, but it does add more work and stress for these artists who are trying to make an honest living. Also the idea that people can pin pictures from your blog of you and/or your family is a little unsettling. I thought I was fine with it till I did a search on Pinterest of the photos from my blog that had been pinned. It’s just rather odd to see photos pinned other than your creative ideas or decor.
That said it is my opinion that if you put it out there on the web you need to realize that people CAN and most likely WILL take your images. There is just no way to get completely around that fact. There are ways to set your photos so they are not right-clickable but that doesn’t keep people from taking screen shots if they really want the image. I recommend watermarking your photos – that way even on Pinterest anyone can see where they came from. If a pin gets re-pinned it no longer goes back to the original source. I also recommend pinning only pins that will go back to the original source. Not just to someone elses pinboard. It’s not only polite but it might get into a legality. Another thing that is a tip I read awhile back from Blogging with Amy is this:
- Pin from the individual post, not the home page. Again, this is another one of my pinterest pet peeves. When you’re pinning, make sure you are pinning from the individual post, not the home page. (To get to the individual post, click on the post title. If you can see comments at the bottom, it’s a sign you’re on the individual post.) There’s nothing more frustrating than clicking through a pin, only to realize the post with that image has long been pushed off the home page.”
– from Blogging with Amy
I am trying to incorporate more safeguards to my photos. A watermark is on my list-of-things-to-do. It’s just nice to have it on there so anyone can see at a glance that it came from sewafineseam. Even if they have no clue who that is!
And I’m trying to be more careful what I pin. Pin from the original source. Always. I have deleted a few of my pins. Just in case. And I’m still looking into it. I just don’t have time to get it all figured out immediately.
Just a word of caution to my friends! We really don’t want to find ourselves in an unintentional lawsuit! Pay attention, be aware, do some research! It’s a big, bad world out there!