To Pinterest or Not…

When Pinterest was first launched, friends and colleagues touted its value and fun factor. It was the subject of lots of listserv discussions and blog posts. I checked it out, but the first thing that bothered me was the copyright infringement that is likely taking place there as Pinterest members post content and images they find on the web. Even though Pinterest has a page devoted to Copyright & Trademark, the onus is on the infringed upon rather than those posting content that is copyrighted by others.

Pinterest does provide code for website owners to insert into their site to prevent images from being “pinned” on Pinterest, but again the content owner is saddled with this task.

I’ve decided not to use Pinterest due to copyright and intellectual property issues. Do you use Pinterest? Why or why not?

 

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