Be Careful What You Pin–You Could End Up in Jail…
If you’ve signed into Pinterest at all in the last few days, chances are you’ve seen the image above. Initially, I was like you and decided to skip right over these pins, but then I got curious.
And good thing, too. Turns out a bunch of pinners are trying to start a revolution. Okay, not really, but they are trying to send the folks at Pinterest a message. Why? Because all those pretty pics that make the site so pretty and popular could also send people to jail.
Now on the wide world internet, you probably think everything is fair game, but the truth is it’s not. Photographers make money by selling the photos they take. So yeah, they probably appreciate all the publicity of you pinning their pretty pictures, but I bet they’d rather you paid for them.
Of course, there are a lot “ifs” in this equation. And yes, most professional organizations will check photo rights before mass printing it. But heaven forbid this scenario were to unfold as described above because then you’d be screwed.
So what do you do now? Stop pinning. Good luck with that. Only pin pics you own. Boring! Keep on pinning! Hey, if Martha Stewart made it out, you’ll be alright… right?