I only heard about the controversy involving Pinterest last night.
And I’ve only just finished doing some blog surfing to find out what the issue really is.
Pinterest is an addiction for many many people. It is basically a technological/online version of a good old fashioned pinboard.
You know the one you had as teenager where you stuck pictures of your latest movie hunk, tickets from a concert, magazine cutouts of fashion, letters and photos from friends?
As far as I can tell there are two issues that are a problem for Pinterest.
1. How they earn their dosh. (personally I have always wondered how they made money – now I am a little wiser)
2. Copyright infringement for creative ‘sorts’.
1. Earning their Income
Pinterest currently or in the past, have used Skimlinks to fund their income. From all my reading, Skimlinks is a legitimate way for social media companies to earn money. I guess the implication has been that the source of their income has not been obvious and therefore has issues. (I’m still trying to get my head around it).
2. Copyright Infringement
This particular part of the hoohah, I understand.
Basically, when you “Pin” something you take a copy of the original idea (artwork, photography, craft, recipe, etc) and put it onto Pinterest.
Unless you have done three very important things (steps), the origin of the ‘pin’ will then be difficult to find – therefore the original artist/source will lose their work with no compensation and without having ever given permission for their work to be shared in the first place.
The three steps you should ALWAYS take when you ‘pin’, are;
1. Don’t ‘re-pin’. I know! Seems to defeat the purpose of Pinterest, but here’s why it is important.
The more often an image is ‘re-pinned’ the more difficult it is to find the original source, meaning the original artist becomes more and more detached from their work (which remember they never gave permission to be ‘pinned’).
Instead . . . click on the image and chase it back to it’s original source – this is the most ethical thing to do as you will now have the opportunity to ‘pin’ the work directly from the artist and therefore ensure a stronger bond with the source.
2. When you ‘Pin’ – you have the option to call the image anything you want. Very cool!
However, it is essential that you now include the original title. Then if anyone who is less educated, less ethical or just lazy ‘re-pins’ the image, they will be encouraged to keep the source :) You have also honoured a commitment to publicise the original SOURCE!
3. Change the title of any ‘Boards’ that have the implied use of someone else’s ideas/art to create things for yourself – instead of buying their original idea/art.
For instance, I have changed my ‘Board’ previously titled:
Too-Cool Craft Ideas
. . . to:
Craft I would Love to Buy
So that’s my two bobs worth on the whole controversy.
Pretty long-winded post. Might be my longest yet.
Sorry about that :(
Keep Pinning . . . just start to think of the original source more often :)
Feel free to le the know what you think about the whole Pinterest debacle. I’d love to hear your point of view.
I will post another day about a blog I came across which really upset my creative sensibilities – about a crafter who refused to spend $40 on an item at a craft market and instead took a photo and then blogged about how she made it herself for $10.
Not impressed :(