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Today I’m touching on the continuing saga of Pinterest. You may remember the other week I discussed this and announced that I closed down my account. Well, shortly after, Pinterest announced a change in their T&Cs. Again, this has been discussed at length in Blogland. I found this post by a photojournalist and lawyer, very interesting reading. She really hits the nail on the head.
Having read through the new T&Cs effective from 6 April. I’m still not 100% sure. Section 1b states, and I quote.
How Pinterest and other users can use your content. Subject to any applicable account settings you select, you grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, display, reproduce, re-pin, modify (e.g., re-format), re-arrange, and distribute your User Content on Pinterest for the purposes of operating and providing the Service(s) to you and to our other Users. Nothing in these Terms shall restrict Pinterest’s rights under separate licenses to User Content. Please remember that the Pinterest Service is a public platform, and that other Users may search for, see, use, and/or re-pin any User Content that you make publicly available through the Service.
So, if people have pinned without consent, then Pinterest can still manipulate those images. Obviously they now cannot profit from them but it’s still worrying that they can do all the above and the original owner is oblivious to it all.
Furthermore, their indemnity clause remains unchanged. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Pinterest and its officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, suits, proceedings, disputes, demands, liabilities, damages, losses, costs and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees (including costs of defense of claims, suits or proceedings brought by third parties), arising out of or in any way related to (i) your access to or use of the Services or Pinterest Content, (ii) your User Content, or (iii) your breach of any of these Terms.
In other words, the onus is on us to make sure that the picture we’re about to “pin” has the correct copyright permission. It’s ultimately our responsibility. The lesson here is to educate as many people about different copyright licences. If in doubt, to seek permission to use an image. Website/blog owners should specify exactly what can and cannot be shared.
These days with so many social networking sites where you can click a button and share it really is important to get that message across. I know you can disable the save as function from a website. Also, if you use Flickr, you can have a “no pin meta tag” function. In the settings you can opt out of sharing your Flickr images on the web. Unfortunately, there will always be people who don’t care and will get around this.
I feel that if you are honest and careful about sharing images, then using Pinterest in a responsible and ethical way shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re re-pinning, then ensuring that a) you have the correct original source and b) you have permission is a must. It’s now just a personal choice whether people choose to use the service or not.
I’m not sure whether I’ll be re-joining just yet. I didn’t use it that extensively to begin with. If any of you are continuing then please, go through your pinboards. Make sure that the images you have re-pinned are free to be shared. Check the original source, not the person you repinned from. If anything looks a bit dubious then remove it. Be respectful of copyright permissions.
Pinterest is a wonderful site full of gorgeous eye candy. Have fun with it but please remember to pin responsibly.