Last week I wrote about my struggles with the recent controversy surrounding Pinterest and copyright issues. If you missed this article you can read it here. This post received a lot of attention, and carried over into an amazing discussion on my Facebook wall. It turns out a lot of you, especially small business owners, are not sure how to feel about Pinterest either!
As I mentioned in my previous post, I adore Pinterest and the idea behind the website. I use it frequently to pin home decor ideas and recipes that I want to make, however, I am still struggling with the uncertainty of where my responsibility lies when pinning images from other sites. A recent article from the Global Post makes it sound as though even the founders of Pinterest don’t know how to handle these issues. If I wasn’t nervous before, I am now!
With this in mind I have decided to keep my boards, however, I will be changing the way I use this website. Here is my plan:
- Be more conscious about what I am pinning. I used to pin anything and everything I liked without a second thought about where the project or image originated from. I was taking for granted the person who took hours to create and photograph the project that I only took two seconds to pin. It takes a lot more effort on my part to not re-pin an image and go directly to the source. I like the convenience of the “re-pin button”, and while choosing not to use it definitely takes the convince factor down a notch, I feel that this is the direction I need to take. It not only helps me to feel more engaged with the creators of the images, but also to make sure what I am pinning is safe to do so (see step #2)!
- Only pin projects from websites and blogs that encourage pinning with a “pin it” button. I have decided that it is a fairly safe assumption that if someone adds a “pin it” button to their blog posts, website or images they are encouraging the reader to pin their items (this is purely an assumption so I may be wrong). With this in mind, a person still can not be too careful when pinning. Just because a website says to pin an item or project does not mean they own all of the images on their website. If the website owner has used an image from a third party website, they may have restrictions on how that image is used (or not have permission to use it at all!). If you then pin that image to your Pinterest account you may be infringing on a copyright. Since most of what I pin are project and recipe tutorials I will try to make sure that the photos are from the creator of the project and not taken from a third party.
- Use the Pinterest App on my phone to search boards but not for pinning. Every time I use the Pinterest App on my phone I end up just re-pinning an item. It is so difficult to go the original source from my phone, and therefore I take the lazy route and just re-pin without a second thought. In the last week I have made a very conscious effort to stick to this rule even when it means I can’t immediately pin that awesome recipe I found.
- Clean up the boards I currently have. What this means is going back through all of the pins I have and re-pinning those items from the original source. It also means deleting some items. I have already deleted my “inspiring images” board because most of this board contained images from photographers and I wasn’t sure if there would be copyright issues. This is going to be a tedious process but better safe than sorry, right?!
So that is my plan of attack for now. I am interested to see where Pinterest goes from here with so much controversy surrounding the website. Until then I can only take control of what I do, and that is to be a more conscious and responsible pinner. I will keep you posted as I find out new information and make new changes to my account. In the meantime here are a few new articles I came across that I thought you would enjoy!
So what changes, if any, have you made to your Pinterest account?