Some people are feeling scared about Pinterst – in particular – a lawyer/photographer who removed all her boards to technically delete any potential responsibility for copyright infringement.
This started a flurry of fear and conversation by Pinners worldwide. Yikes. What seemed so simple and beautiful now seems complicated and icky.
So let’s do a little Stephen Covey and begin with the end in mind.
Here’s the bottom line – share stuff – don’t steal stuff.
Feature your expertise and be a curator of all that’s cool as it relates to your business. Don’t steal people’s sh*t.
I asked the question about people stealing my design ideas about five years ago when I was working on my website and startig to post things to places like http://www.HOUZZ.com.
The answer I got was “Well then Denise – if you don’t want people to steal your ideas – don’t have a website”
We all know that’s not an option.
I let that fear go.
So then – why am I bringing up Pinterest fears?
1) Because I’ve seen lots of talk about it lately and
However, federal copyright laws state:
Copyrighted work can only be used without permission when someone is criticizing it, commenting on it, reporting on it, teaching about it, or conducting research.
So taking a nano second to make a comment as you re-pin seems to cover the copyright issue.
Do you really think Martha Stewart is going to come after you for re-pinning something from her website that links directly back to her website and that you’ve indicated is a super cool organizing or design solution?
I’m no Martha Stewart – but I’d be happy about the increased traffic to my website.
And if you’d like to read the article by the attorney/photographer who’s concerned about breaking the law - here’s a link to the article:
I hope she doesn’t sue me for sharing it.