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Why Atlanta Photographer/Lawyer Tearfully Deleted Her Pinterest Inspiration Boards.

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Her whole blog post is informative, but here's the part that gets me thinking:

What’s even more frustrating in all of this is that Pinterest could make things at least a little easier on everybody by at least allowing people to re-pin internally on the site without concern for violating copyrights. 

Here is how:  In Pinterest’s terms of use, by uploading photos to Pinterest, you specifically grant a license and right TO Pinterest to use your images on the site.  They specifically state that this license is transferable (on a side note, this grant of license is actually another hot topic causing a buzz in the photography community).

It would be so easy for them to simply, in turn, grant YOU a license to use images on the site that are posted by others, to the extent they hold a lawfully granted license.  But they don’t do this.

Instead, they say only that the user is granted a  “limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license, without the right to sublicense, to access, view, download and print any Pinterest Content solely for your personal and non-commercial purposes.”    “Access, view, download and print.”  The words “upload”, “pin”, “post”, “display” or similar terms are glaringly absent.  Ugh.  So still you have no right to publish work from another photographer even though Pinterest holds a license to all work uploaded to its site (at least to the extent the person posting had a right to transfer such license in the first place).

I also enjoyed her follow-up chat with Pinterest's founder and her answers to frequently asked questions.

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