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Mar 31, 2012 08:34 AM

Love the visual of it all....Pinterest

I love this site for it's food pics of simple recipes...lots of great ideas.

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    1. I'm a fan when the food pics belong to the poster, not a fan of posers. There are tons of food photos there already posted without permission. Pinterest should do better from the start of site launch.

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      1. re: HillJ

        But the point of Pinterest is to share what you've found on the web with others. Pinners (generally) aren't taking credit for the photo, as clicking on it should take you to the source, usually with a recipe. It's a visual way to share bookmarks.

        1. re: irishnyc

          I understand the point, irish. My work has appeared on it several times already without my permission and I'm sure I am not the only one. Visuals are owned by people. So my p.o.v., if you own the content you're posting on Pinterest go for it; if you don't ask the owner.

          1. re: HillJ

            But what exactly is your issue? I'm not trying to be argumentative about it, but see what exactly bothers you about it. If I saw your work wherever on the web you display it and pinned it, I've now helped drive traffic to your site where, presumably, people will see and enjoy more of your work.

            I've had photos from my own website pinned, and don't mind at all. It drives traffic to my website and I've had a few sales from it. No one has ever claimed my work as their own, nor has anyone ever asked me if they could pin.

            If someone is posing as you, or claiming your work is theirs (as your original use of "posers" might imply) then you need to file a copyright claim with Pinterest.

            Additionally, if you don't want your work pinned, you can add the following to your site's header to prevent pinning: <meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />

            1. re: irishnyc

              irish, I appreciate your p.o.v. on this latest way to engage in social medium. I don't share your enthusiasm.

              1. re: HillJ

                Watermark your photos to avoid someone taking credit. It's a little deterrent, anyway.
                One should always get permission to use someone else's work, be it words or photos or graphs etc.
                Original work is original work..
                The way it should work is that someone should ask for permission to use your work on Pinterest , whether or not it benefits you directly with hits.
                I'm also making the assumption that Pinterest is getting more hits because works like my photos appear there.

                1. re: monavano

                  Appreciate it, monavano! I'm waiting until the dust settles over @ Pinterest. The owners have some issues.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I signed up for Pinterest a while ago and it took a long time to get a password or something like that, so I could sign in and use it. I haven't yet.
                    But yeah, many people do not want their work lifted from their own site. Especially if it is labelled as copyrighted, where the owner has *exclusive* rights to their proprietary work and all that entails, including deciding who uses it and who benefits from it.

        2. re: HillJ

          I've been reading a bit about copyright infringement for months inre Pinterest but I'm still confused. I understand that it's wrong if I download/copy & paste someone's photos and recipes and then upload them to Pinterest and call them my own. But if used correctly (that is, pinned to my board w/ a direct link to the original content), how is that any different that having a blog post on my own blog saying, "Hey, everybody, look at this recipe I found; it's great!" with a link again to the original content?

          Does that make sense?

          1. re: Petrichor

            Petrichor, as an artist, blogger and business owner I can share my first hand experience with you about this. All of my work requires asking for permission before posting it anywhere.

            In this scenario, did the person creating their own Pinterest page take the time to ask the owner/original site for permission to repost/use the link/photos/words first? Or, is it assumed that a) being able/allowed to do a cut & paste function is all the permission needed and/or b) that you are somehow creating positive sales/PR/advertising for the people who's site/photo/recipe/information you are sharing on Pinterest so what's the big deal?

            And to answer your question as it relates to a food blog, no different. If you didn't ask permission to reuse a source and then link/post/share it, that's usually where the issues (when there are issues) lie with info that doesn't have sales or income behind it.

            As for sites in the business of making a living from their work on the Net, then you're heading into aspects of copyright infringement. In today's landscape of social media and e-commerce, businesses surf their own pages for infrigement and a lack of documented permission to reprint and share their material.

            So, if you're asking me how to deal with all this-ask first for permission and if you receive it, then post.

            1. re: HillJ

              Thanks for the response, HillJ! Maybe it's a matter of definitions. I don't consider people pinning or repinning things on Pinterest as posting content; I see it as simple linking. I asked about blogs because I've never seen anyone ask permission to link to someone else's content on a blog.

              If someone has a food blog and they tried some recipe by the Pioneer Woman and wanted to talk about it, would they have to get the Pioneer Woman's permission to say "hey, I just tried this recipe right here and it was amazing," with at least part of that sentence being a link to the PW blog? Same w/ news blogs...say I have a current events blog and I want to post my thoughts about the latest primary? Obviously I'm not going to go gather the poll results myself....why can't I just say "Hey, here's what I think about these results that I saw on CNN, blah blah blah..." with a link to CNN?

              Does inclusion of art/photos make the difference?

              I work at a newspaper, and while we certainly don't allow people to "repost" (i.e., copy and paste) our content in whole, we certainly don't mind them linking from their own blogs or quoting our reporters.

              I hope I don't sound argumentative...I don't mean to be. The whole wider discussion of Pinterest I just find very interesting. It seems to be uncharted waters.

              1. re: Petrichor

                Oh gosh no, Petrichor. I'm not the final word on this topic, lol. Come on now we can discuss this just fine. I'm not referring to general information or general discussion at all. I am only referring to material that HAS ownership. Has copyright protection and intellectual property definitions. I own my photography, my work, my words. Materials I am paid to create also has ownership. If anyone wants to use it or repost images, words, property they either have to ask first or purchase them and more times than not both.

                Imho, sites like Pinterest blur the lines for what people believe is open, free content. I am not a fan of this misunderstanding. Seems harmless to many. I make a living with my original work. I can't speak for anyone else or any media outlet or blogger. They may feel differently. But it clearly depends if you are a food blogger for fun or for profit. It clearly depends if you base your blog on original content or the work of others. It all depends and this is not a one size fits all issue.

                Unchartered waters continue....and yes, I'm paying attention as well.

                1. re: Petrichor

                  To further explain, Petrichor. When I find a quote or written materials I want to use on my business blog, I contact the author. I ask for permission to reprint their words and if granted I receive written permission to keep on file and then I receive the exact material I am being granted to use in the form inwhich the author is allowing me to reprint it. Sometimes there's a time limit on how long I can "pin" it to my site. Most times not. But I keep the permission form on file forever. Same thing happens with my work. Pinning or linking is sharing information that may or may not lead to original material. I am only interested in material that is original and requires permission to repost or use in some secondary fashion. If I'm earning a living with my material, I expect to be paid for it or at the very least be asked for permission to use it.

                  Hope that helps! And I've enjoyed discussing this with you.

          2. Personally, I don't use it at all to search other people's recipes - but I love using it to catalog the various online recipes that I use from different food sites. I use it far more to keep my online recipe "box" organized than I do for sharing purposes.

              1. re: Beach Chick

                That's gorgeous! I think I need to find a way to use that somehow ... :)

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Someone should relieve that lady from her melon-baller misery and teach her how to peel a pineapple properly.

                  1. re: RelishPDX

                    I was thinking the same thing..
                    At first, I thought they were using the melon balls thingy for the center of the 'flower' but it's just bad peeling.

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      i thought the "holes" were done intentially to produce the irregular outer shaping of the flower?!

                  2. re: Beach Chick

                    For every lovely successfully-executed project on Pinterest, there is a CRAFT FAIL:


                    In fact, there is someone who has a whole blog about things she's tried from Pinterest.

                  3. I just joined this morning for the recipes. I had been reading and seeing posts on message boards to recipes found on Pinterest that I had to go and see what the fuss is all about. I like it, but I can see why people warn that it is another time eater.