Is Pinterest simply a vehicle for infringement?
By Pankaj Ladhar of Manos • Alwine P.L.
If you have not yet heard of the online service Pinterest, you likely soon will. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing online social spaces reported to draw more than 10 million visitors each month. The concept is fairly simple. When a user finds something that they like online they ‘pin’ it to their ‘board.’ This results in most boards containing photographs of projects, designs or meals that an individual user has collected from all over the internet.
As you can imagine this quickly raises questions of copyright infringement regarding these images. It seems likely that the vast majority of these images are being reposted without the consent of the person who owns the rights to the image.
Source: ABA Journal, “Pin with Caution, Says Lawyer Who Deleted All Her Pinterest Posts,”Stephanie Francis Ward, Feb. 29, 2012