I bet what you didn't know though is that pinning inspiration for little Johnny's 3rd birthday party from a magazine or blog, without getting direct permission from the copyright owner, can get you sued.
How in the world this is harmful to the copyright owner, I don't know. Or, any different than what I did at the age of 19 when fantasizing about my first place and cutting images from catalogs and pasting them to a notebook.
I bet you are thinking what I've been thinking, "I'm giving them free publicity. This is good for them." Or, "I'm using just an image this is fair use." Yeah, that's pretty much what a lot of us thought. But in all actuality according to a lawyer named Kirsten, you have a reason to be pretty afraid when it comes to your Pinterest Account.
Find out why Kirsten was scared enough to get rid of her beloved Pinterest boards. Here
** I myself am going to look into this the coming weeks and see if I can determine what images I feel are legal to keep and what are not and act accordingly.
Here is an excerpt from Wiki on the subject of what is or isn't copyrighted:
Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is "the right to copy", but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights. It is an intellectual property form (like the patent, the trademark, and the trade secret) applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete.
Copyright initially was conceived as a way for government to restrict printing; the contemporary intent of copyright is to promote the creation of new works by giving authors control of and profit from them. Copyrights are said to be territorial, which means that they do not extend beyond the territory of a specific state unless that state is a party to an international agreement. Today, however, this is less relevant since most countries are parties to at least one such agreement. While many aspects of national copyright laws have been standardized through international copyright agreements, copyright laws of most countries have some unique features. Typically, the duration of copyright is the whole life of the creator plus fifty to a hundred years from the creator's death, or a finite period for anonymous or corporate creations. Some jurisdictions have required formalities to establishing copyright, but most recognize copyright in any completed work, without formal registration. Generally, copyright is enforced as a civil matter, though some jurisdictions do apply criminal sanctions.
Most jurisdictions recognize copyright limitations, allowing "fair" exceptions to the creator's exclusivity of copyright, and giving users certain rights. The development of digital media and computer network technologies have prompted reinterpretation of these exceptions, introduced new difficulties in enforcing copyright, and inspired additional challenges to copyright law's philosophic basis. Simultaneously, businesses with great economic dependence upon copyright have advocated the extension and expansion of their copy rights, and sought additional legal and technological enforcement.
Will you be getting rid of your Pinterest boards? Let us know!
**I seem to have lost all of my comments, again. Not sure why I have the wonkiest commenting system on Blogger, but if any of you needed me to get back to you about something, you can re-post here now that I have gotten rid of intense debates. Perhaps the change back to blogger caused me to lose the comments. Sorry!