Pinterest became extremely popular among crafters all over the world in the past year. What is it? For those who are unfamiliar, Pinterest is a hybrid term for Pin and Interest. The concept is based on scrapbooking, and when you find a photo you like online, you can “pin” it to your online boards. You can categorize the pin boards into themes, so you neatly put all your photos according to your focus. You can also search for photos with using search terms, and when you find something you like on someone else’s board, you can “repin” on your own board. Basically, it’s a huge online scrapbooking forum.
The trouble is, as this writer points out, Pinterest obviously faces the copyright- and trademark-infringement issues that Google Image had to face years ago. And according to the writer, Pinterest’s policy puts all the liability onto the infringing users, including litigation fees.
As a crafter, I would personally be flattered if someone were to post a picture of my project on Pinterest and share with other crafty friends, provided that I was properly credited and the comment/caption on the photo was positive.
But read on, and decide for yourself. Would you delete all your pin boards like this attorney did? Mine are staying….for now.