When Pinterest first appeared and everyone jumped on board, I did too. I had so much fun pinning recipes, crafting ideas, home decor, tv shows, movies, music, etc. It was a fun place to keep track of everything I loved, and everything I wanted to do some day.
Then came the posts about there being copyright issues with Pinterest and I became worried. I figured all it would take is one upset person to sue me over pinning something that was innocently pinned by me. I read quite a few posts and decided that it was best to just delete my Pinterest account. In hindsight I wish I had just deleted the boards instead of the whole account, or just kept my account for my own pictures, but ultimately I just wanted out.
My concerns with Pinterest:
1. Even if a photo is on a website or blog and they have a “Pin It” button, it doesn’t mean that they have permission for others to pin something. A trend with bloggers is to do round-up posts where they they use pictures from who knows where. I personally have no idea if they have permission to use some of these photos, so if I pin them, I could be liable and possibly sued. No thank you.
2. What if a blogger bought a photo from iStock or another photo site and used that photo in a blog post. I decide to pin it (since there is a “pin it” button on their post). Couldn’t iStock come after ME for posting a photo that I didn’t purchase?
3. There are so many big brands (and small ones too!) that are very particular about what photos can be used from their site (especially in blog posts). So what if I pin a photo from their website and they aren’t okay with it? Sure, it is promoting them, but their legal teams do keep an eye out for things like this.
I have to admit that I really, really miss Pinterest. The risk just didn’t seem worth it to me. Unfortunately a lot of campaigns now want bloggers to use Pinterest and this puts me at a disadvantage in some cases. I do feel like I made the right decision though.
I have actually send a request to rejoin (to only use my own photos), but that was weeks ago. I haven’t heard a word, so I assume I’m done with Pinterest for good.
Here is another great article on the copyright issues of Pinterest.
Do you still have a Pinterest account? Do the copyright issues worry you?