As with any avid pinner, I can pin about at the rate of 10-30 pins per minute. Seriously. I have grand schemes of DIY that would last two lifetimes, more clothes on the wish list than ‘Kimye’ could afford and yet I keep pinning. And at the enviable speed in which I can pin, I’m not sure anyone could pay attention to the origin of the pins as they troll through their feed. We just pin and dream.
That is, until I received an email notice from Pinterest this morning that said that one of my pins had been removed because the owner of the image had submitted a complaint to Pinterest about their image being used on the social network. While it wasn’t a legal issue (at least for me as I was one of many repinners), it still raised my brow as I thought about all of the IP (intellectual property) rules that Pinterest dances around.
Think about it – you spend months planning your collection photo shoots. You get the theme, the talent, the photographer, the wardrobe, the models and then you spend a hot and sweaty day creating your masterpiece. You want to share it on your website and social networks because it showcases your talent, right? Now, I ask you, would you mind if someone pinned that image and it made it’s way around the web? You may or may not, and that’s a personal preference, but it’s something to think about. Once it hits the web, it’s fair game unless you keep your eye out. Even watermarks aren’t foolproof as a way to safeguard your IP.
What do you think? How do you feel about your images being pinned and shared around the web?