Do You Have Permission to “Pin” That?

Pinterest, a social photo sharing website, launched in 2010, allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections.  This site, especially popular with women, has grown to 11.1 million users as of last month.

According to Georgia lawyer Kirsten Kowalski, Pinterest’s terms of use agreement states that users are responsible for member content they make available, and either accordingly own the content or have consent from the items’ owners.

“I immediately thought of the ridiculously gorgeous images I had recently pinned from an outside website and, while I gave the other photographer credit right in my pin … I most certainly could not think of any way that I either owned those photos or had license, consent or release from the photographers who owned them,” Kowalski wrote.

Also, Business Insider reports, Pinterest’s terms of service holds users responsible for legal fees should litigation arise. Kowalski notes that Pinterest reserves the right to prosecute users for copyright violations.

Read the entire story from the ABA Journal News.

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