Social Media – Isn’t it all about sharing? How many times do you post on Facebook an image you found from someone else’s news feed? Or tweeted a great image from another’s blog? You may have found a beautiful picture on Stumble Upon and shared it on Facebook. So what is the latest uproar on pinning about? What makes pinning a possible lawsuit for companies vs. tweeting, posting, tumbling, digging, stumbling and sharing? Why does pinning have to be different?
Are all, isn’t sharing is caring on all social media? Why is there such a fuss now over Pinterest sharing with repins? The Pinterest Terms are what are making people take a second look:
“You acknowledge and agree to that, to the maximum extent permitted by law, the entire risk arising out of your access to and use of the site, application, services and site content remains with you….” Read more on their terms at Pinterest here.
Pinterest Terms and Conditions
After reading numerous articles on the subject there is really no absolute answer to the question if you could be sued by pinning other’s images.
You may read more on the Pinterest legalities at: Biz Journals.com – How businesses could be sued for pins on Pinterest
Blogging with Amy – Great info on Amy’s blog on the Pinterest lawsuit issue
Business Insider – A photographer who took down all her pin boards in fear
DMACAHandbook – Lawyer/blogger on internet law – her take on Pinterest legallity.
What’s a blogger or business to do? This is what I recommend and am doing as well:
- Repin carefully – Know where the original came from before you repin
- Pin your own stuff – Make sure you are using images that are yours
- Like other pins – instead of repinning – you can like other pins and leave comments
Are you worried about using Pinterest now and are you using it any differently?