Photos in Bhaktapur, Nepal © Tara Bradford. Click to view detail (and - alas - the distracting signature).
After yesterday's post about Pinterest, I've discovered numerous instances of my Nepal photos (and others) pinned without permission. In none of these examples was I credited as the photographer, nor did any "pins" or "re-pins" link to my photography website or blog. Instead I found many "uploaded by user" instances, with no link to the original source.
Sadly, it appears the new reality - thanks to Pinterest and too many thoughtless users - must include a hidden watermark and big signature scrawled across the middle of every photo. It's disappointing that such action appears necessary, to help guard against copyright infringement.
From my observations over the past 15 months or so, copyright infringement is rampant on Pinterest. And many, many Pinterest users could care less. They pay attention only when Pinterest issues a "strike" against them for violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Don't let that happen to you! Please ask permission before pinning someone else's photos. If that seems like too much effort, try to imagine how much work went into creating that photo or artwork you've admired enough to pin. Better yet, create original work of your own and "pin" that to Pinterest boards!
P.S. This short video should make you smile. It makes me happy to be living in a country with such creative and imaginative thinkers.