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Pinterest and Fair Use of Images

Day 12 of the MNINB April Platform Challenge was to write a blog post and include a “Call To Action”.

Have any of you joined Pinterest yet? What do you think of the format  I’ve spent part of this week reading about Pinterest and their controversial terms of use.

It seems like there’s a lot of talk whether images “pinned” to the Pinterest website are a violation of intellectual property or not.

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pinterest nwf (Photo credit: cambodia4kidsorg)

I’m no lawyer but my perspective is this — if someone approaches with a ‘cease and desist’ order for Pinterest due to images I have pinned, I would automatically comply.

I will refrain from pinning images that I find on a personal photographer’s website.  Their portfolios are their lifeblood of the business. I respect that.  If I wish to use a photographer’s image, I will request permission in writing first.

As far as images from search engines go, there’s no way to know the intent of the artist/image creator and whether they will welcome the exposure and links back to their website or not.  It’s better to link back directly to the website where the image came from, however, than to link back to the Google (or Bing) search results page.  Give credit where credit is due.

I am now on the waiting list to receive a Pinterest account for my website here.  Once it’s up and running, I will post a notice to you all so you can check out my boards.  My hope is that I’ll have sort of a ‘writers’ inspiration board’ of images so you have a better sense of my writing style visually.

Do you like that idea?  What are you using Pinterest for?  Leave me a link on the comment thread below with a description of your board. I’d love to check it out!

Edited on 05/12/12: For those of you following the series, Days 13-18 did not have blog posts. The tasks below were as follows:

  • Day 13: Link to a post on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Day 14: Join Google+
  • Day 15: Make three new connections.
  • Day 16: Add e-mail feed to your blog.
  • Day 17: Take part in a Twitter Conversation.
  • Day 18: Think about SEO.

The next post in this series is Day 19.

These daily challenges are taken gratefully from Robert Lee Brewer’s website here.  I make no claims of ownership and am grateful to Robert for hosting this month-long challenge.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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