Let’s talk about Ethics

4 Oct

It’s pretty apparent that Pinterest has become quite a success, and it really is a fantastic online solution to an inspirational board… but like most awesome tools out there, there are of course some downsides.

Blogger Crafty Pod brought attention to a debate that’s been taking off in Pinterest-land about whether or not “re-pinning” an image without proper citation is an ethical violation of the owner’s copyrights. 

For example, if you re-pin an image to your personal board but don’t list it’s original source for others to see, is this fair to the originator?  And to take it one step further, if you re-pin something from let’s say Etsy, onto your DIY board as something you can recreate on the cheap (which I will admit I have done), is that unfair to the Etsy shop?

To read more about the debate, click here.

{But please share your thoughts on HFoP!}


3 Responses to “Let’s talk about Ethics”

  1. Domestocrat October 4, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I think with something like Pinterest all bets are off. It’s too hard to keep track of those things. Plus, any kind of copyright on the web is such a huge beast, especially on social media sites. I do like how when you pin something though the original link is included in the pin, so technically you can go back to the owner/source.

  2. Brad October 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    One has to be very careful with re-pinning. I belong to an non-profit organization of chemical and pharma professionals. We, or our webmaster, accidentally posted “simple” photos of molecules, pills, etc. The copyright owners lawyer sent a note requesting over $3500 in fees for the use of the photos. The situation was resolved, but the lesson was learned…get permission and/or document the “author” of the material

    • hfopblog October 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

      Wow. Major lesson learned… It’s making me rethink those “stock” photos I find on Google that I sometimes use to spruce up training guides. Thanks Brad!

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