Will Pinterest go the way of Napster? If it was up to me, the answer would be “YES!”

Will Pinterest go the way of Napster? If it was up to me, the answer would be “YES!”

Pinterest has been phenomenal in it’s viral expansion.

There are many valid concerns about copyright infringement in this article that I have reblogged..

If you follow the comments to the article I have reblogged, you will be able to discern better how to use Pinterest.

I would like for people to pin photos I have taken and “Pin” my web pages.

I recently began usingg Featured Images on my WordPress web pages so that people will be able to pin those pages.

If Pinterest pushes traffic to my websites, then my mission has been fulfilled:

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To tell you the truth, I never even looked at Pinterest until yesterday. After all, I am loathe to use the work of others for my own benefit.

But after discovering that many of my images were being used without the required accreditation or citation, I became incensed.

Why should I give up the rights to my work and get nothing in return?

I don’t want to speak for Pinterest, but it seems that their justification is that if there is a link back to the original site, that is enough.

Not so. Many of my works are displayed on sites that are not mine and used by permission with a limited license agreement. So if my photo is pinned from a site that is NOT mine, I get NOTHING. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Pinterest seems to claim that “safe harbor” applies to them. I sense a long and protracted uphill fight for them.

Am I missing something here?

Why should I have to fight to protect what is mine?

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