Like the rest of the World and growing every day, I have so enjoyed browsing and pinning on Pinterest. But lately I've been hearing a lot of Buzz about how Pinterest users might get sued for their pins.
Read this post from a lawyer who is also a photographer. Just to sum it up, you have no legal rights to the photography you pin or repin, even if you are giving credit to the photographer. It's kind of like the stealing of music that was going on at Napster and all those little girls did get sued.
Yes, you heard me right, Napster users got sued and so can you pinners. This is what you signed over at Pinterest to be able to use their site.
“YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE, APPLICATION, SERVICES AND SITE CONTENT REMAINS WITH YOU.”
"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.”
The thing I hate is the way it is set up. You are not encouraged to post your own work, as a matter of fact it is frowned on, but that really is the only way photos can get legally posted there. Maybe Pinterest should change their rules. Maybe if they don't want themselves or others sued, they should consider allowing members to post their own images for others to repin.
As Pinterest sits right now, is seems that it's ripe for photographers to sue them and it's users. And quite honestly, just because you make a statement that you hold your users responsible for the content, doesn't mean that legal action can't be taken against you. I'm positive that Napster had a similar agreement for users.