As I write this, I have 664 followers on Pinterest. I have 48 carefully-curated boards (48 – dang!), with 1,502 pins. That’s 1,502 photos, projects, products, and ideas that I have saved and shared.
I’m very attached to my Pinterest, and, like many of you, I’ve lost countless hours to the endless trail of inspiration on the site. I’ve found new blogs, projects, and recipes that I’ve put to good use and probably wouldn’t have found otherwise.
Read on for all the details why, in the next couple weeks, after I’ve had a chance to save elsewhere any links I want to keep for future inspiration, I’m deleting my Pinterest account. I am sharing information, not my opinion, so that everyone can make an informed decision regarding their Pinterest use. I love Pinterest and will be back if some precautions and changes are implemented.
If you want to keep yours, then don’t worry – I’ll have another post soon on proper Pinterest etiquette and tips. It is still fully possible to use Pinterest as its creators intended without violating any copyrights whatsoever, so if that’s how you intend to use it, kudos, and thanks for respecting others’ work! 😀
my beloved Pinterest boards, soon to be no more…
Let’s take a look at some of the parts that you might find most interesting:
You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that: (i) you either are the sole and exclusive owner of all Member Content that you make available through the Site, Application and Services or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to Cold Brew Labs the rights in such Member Content, as contemplated under these Terms; and (ii) neither the Member Content nor your posting, uploading, publication, submission or transmittal of the Member Content or Cold Brew Labs’ use of the Member Content (or any portion thereof) on, through or by means of the Site, Application and the Services will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation
That’s pretty wordy, and it’s nowhere near the beginning of TOU, but take a look at those bold portions. Do you own everything you pin? Do you have permission to pin it if you don’t? I certainly don’t…
I personally find it terribly ironic that Pinterest warns against using the site for self-promotion, yet they expect you to pin only images that you own. That seems like something of a catch-22, doesn’t it?
But wait – it gets worse! In the post “Pinterest: Change Your Terms or We’re Leaving,” Kyle points out that by using Pinterest and thereby agreeing to their TOU, you’re giving them permission to sell any images you pin, whether they’re yours or not:
…you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell…
Also be sure to check that post out for the “Pinterest: Change Your Terms or We’re Leaving” graphic that Kyle welcomes you to pin to make your point to Pinterest.
In the post “Why I Tearfully Deleted My Pinterest Inspiration Boards,” Kirsten Kowalski, a photographer and lawyer, discusses the legal implications of pinning the artistic works of others without their permission. She also cites Pinterest’s TOU in making the point that if an artist sues Pinterest over something you pinned, then you are legally and financially responsible for representing yourself and Pinterest.
…you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Cold Brew Labs, its officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising out of or in any way connected with (i) your access to or use of the Site, Application, Services or Site Content, (ii) your Member Content, or (iii) your violation of these Terms.
Go read her entire post for a very sound, thorough explanation of a lot of legal mumbo-jumbo that’s over all our heads – you might be glad you did.
Katherine Tyrrell, an artist and writer, did a two-part series explaining why she, as an artist, does not want her work pinned. She has many valid reasons for not wanting her work to end up spreading across Pinterest like wildfire. If you fall into the category of artist unwillingly pinned, Katherine’s advice can help you get yourself un-pinned quickly. Her articles: “How Pinterest Removed All My Images in Minutes” Part Oneand “Part Two.”
For more information and details to help you make an informed decision regarding your participation in Pinterest, please see the following posts and articles:
There you have it, friends. Those are my thoughts, opinions, insights, and reasons as to why I’m going to give Pinterest the boot. I cannot, in good conscience, continue to participate in the site until they make some pretty significant changes, both out of respect for the originators of the images being pinned and out of legal protection for myself and my blog.
Bottom Line: I don’t want to violate anybody’s rights or get sued. I just feel safer opting out for awhile.
What are your thoughts after reading what all these people have to say and checking out Pinterest’s TOU?
P.S. Feel free to pin this post to spread the word! ;D