March 24 2012 | Updated Pinterest Terms:
“Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for us to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.”
What good is a photograph if it’s not appreciated by the masses? I recall when Pinterest started bleeping on people’s radar, there were some who were quick to dismiss the benefit of “pinning” photos to professional photographers — you know, folks like me whose main income is from photography. Thing is, Pinterest explicitly discourages users from self-promoting by “pinning” photos they have taken themselves. According to a TechCrunch report, “Pinterest actually forbids users from pinning any photo that does not belong to him or her, and states that users are subject to any legal action that is taken from the copyright or trademark holder.”
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I know better than to pin pictures that aren’t mine but I’m perfectly OK having my photographs pinned for as long as no one is making money from them, including Pinterest — an increase in visitors does not necessarily translate to a photo sale the same way “pinning” my photos doesn’t relinquish the rights to my own work. Should the folks at Cold Brew Labs feel any different they are welcome to withdraw my Pinterest invite.