So… Last week I created a small graphic voicing my opinion on how some people are using Pinterest poorly.
Just my opinion, and I’m sticking by it.
The graphic got a few shares, a few re-pins, and generally spread around as you might expect. Yay for me!
In a seemingly an unrelated post, Jeff Turner wrote an excellent article about how the things you pin may get you in copyright trouble “Pinterest Is Still Enabling Piracy”. He points out that many people are pinning images from a Google Image Search. Who cares?
(Here’s where the unrelated turns into a Related Post)
How would you like to get a letter from my Attorney? Not just a “cease and desist” or “please remove this image” letter but an actual “pay me the big $ or we’ll see you in court” letter?
You see, Copyright is implied. That’s an automatic thing. That means, if I wanted to hire a lawyer and protect my images I could. That means I could go after everyone who shared my original image above. Heck , I could be creating images just for bait and have a full time attorney working the split on everything he collects.
Now those that know me, know that I’m not that kind of guy. Matter of fact, everything on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License but that’s not the point.
The point, the really sharp sticky point is that WE don’t stop and think about getting in hot water when we are Facebooking, Twittering or even Pinteresting. I say WE because I’m just as guilty as the next guy. I know how to properly credit a photo that is legal for me to use on my blog (and do so) but when it comes to social networks, I admit it, I’ve been a nonchalant sharer.
As of today, you can bet I’m thinking about it before I click that share / repin button. How about you?