Pinning legally?

I received a message on facebook from my cousin Sarah (heyyy Sarah!!) concerning an incredibly important topic:

the legality of pinterest.

Sarah passed on the link to this fantastic article that discusses the legal aspects of Pinterest. You can find the article at

So if you haven't read this article and you use Pinterest, you most definitely need to take some time and read it over. Then think about it. And let me know what you think. It has certainly made me rethink some things. In light of that, I will be cleaning up some old blog posts that contained photos from Pinterest.

Please read and share your thoughts. I'm dying to know what you all think!

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  1. Holy crapola! That was a mouth full! I think I need to re-think having a pinterest account. This is scary stuff! Thanks for this. I'm going to share it on my blog.


  2. It definitely is scary. I always kinda wondered about all this and I can certainly understand where people are coming from, especially artists, photographers and sellers on Etsy!

  3. Thanks for sharing this Emily! I had no idea we could be held responsible for both our part AND pinterest's part of a lawsuit. That's crazy! I'm not sure I even want to continue using pinterest. It seems so underhanded of them to put in a clause like that (which might as well be written in Sanskrit) when they are the ones providing a platform for users to engage in this "illegal" activity of pinning others' work knowing full well that it infringes on the copyrights of others. The possibility of a lawsuit seems small but at least one person that I've read about is being sued; pinterest is a great way to bookmark things but I'm not sure it's worth the risk.


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