Pinterest …. Have you read the fine print?
Jennifer Ulrich on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
If you’re not living under a rock then I imagine you have heard of Pinterest. It’s the newest form of social media allowing users to post their interests on an online pin board as well as “like” and comment on various photos, DIY ideas, recipes, etc. I have to say that it is quite addictive, and for the most part from what I have experienced the pins are linked to blogs or websites that promote that item or recipe or whatever. It all seems harmless, right? I thought so too until I just read this article posted on Facebook about copyright violations and how it affects the users of Pinterest. Of course I had to look into it a little more before deciding to delete my account. As they say, the most commonly told lie is, “I have read and understood the terms and conditions”.
Under the About section on Pinterest there are sections labeled Terms and Copyright. In both of these sections the terms and conditions regarding copyright infringement are detailed very thoroughly. You will also find that the site takes this very seriously and even promotes awareness of what your rights are and those of the content owners. They are also very clear about where the responsibility and liabilities lie. So basically all this article does really is bring to light that people never really read or understand the terms and conditions before agreeing to them. As with any website where you plan to create or distribute content you should take the time to understand the implications of your actions before creating a world of trouble for yourself. Pinteresting….don’t you think?
Posted by Jennifer Ulrich at 4:38 PM