Is Pinterest ‘pinning’ illegal?
Is Pinterest the Napster of cupcake recipes and vintage furniture? Copyright infringement is a dicey game online. Millions of images are shared daily — but is it legal?
That’s exactly what a lawyer/photographer named Kristin wondered, according to Business Insider. She was a big fan of Pinterest, a popular website that provides an interactive experience for its users by allowing them to “pin” things they like, sharing their interests with friends.
Federal copyright laws state that copyrighted work can be shared without consent by the owner if someone is criticizing it, commenting on it, reporting on it, teaching about it, or conducting research — re-pinning doesn’t count as any of those.
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While you think you might be doing an artist or photographer a favor by sharing his or her work, and even giving them credit for it, Kristen concluded that the decision is not for a Pinterst user to make, but for the work’s owner.