Once again, there are dozens and dozens of my photographs on Pinterest, all pinned without permission. What part of "DO NOT PIN" do people not understand??!! On this blog and on Twitter, I've written several pieces/tweets about why I do not want my work on Pinterest. It is annoying - not to mention time-consuming - to provide individual links for every single photo pinned without permission, so that Pinterest will remove them.
I realise that most people probably "pin" my photos with the best of intentions; they don't realise they're violating photo copyright (although as I've said before, Pinterest needs to do a better job of educating its users about copyright). But one photo I found today on Pinterest proved an exception to the "pin without malice" theory. The woman who pinned this particular photo knew full well she did not have my permission - but she did it anyway.
This woman is neither a photographer nor a lawyer, yet seems to consider herself an expert on copyright issues. I don't "follow" her on Twitter, but a few weeks ago, she started sending me messages about photography copyright. (Why she singled me out, I have no idea). She was remarkably ill-informed and over the course of a few days, I tried to have a polite and civil exchange with her. Finally I had to block her, as she wasn't interested in reason or actual facts about copyright.
Today I discovered this woman defiantly "pinned" one of my Paris photos (see screenshot below), knowing she had no right. Beneath my photograph, her caption read, "The photographer who took this photograph does not OWN this street or any of the buildings on it." Uh, no, but I DO own the copyright to the photo. And you, Ms. So-and-So (I'm too polite to publicly shame you) are violating copyright law!
I have reported her to Pinterest. And I'm confident that Pinterest will remove that copyrighted photo, as well as all the others pinned without permission.
But please, please, please, all you fans of Pinterest, think before you "pin." If you don't know the original source of the photo, don't use it! Ask permission before using someone else's work. Wouldn't you expect the same courtesy if someone wished to post your work on a free-for-all public site??
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