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Journal Entry: Wed Sep 3, 2014, 1:46 AM
I have a photo that is widely distributed on Pinterest. It's bad enough no one asked my permission, but in all the postings I checked, which were numerous, no one credited me for the work.  The Tumblr blogs were credited instead. When I asked the posters why they did this, they told me they didn't know it was copyrighted and didn't realize they did anything wrong. They were very nice and apologetic and complimented my photo and offered to take it down or give me credit. At least they were nice and answered me. I've asked the same of the Tumblr bloggers and have heard nothing. One blogger (not Tumblr) got back to me and was very nice. She apologized and said she got my photo off of Pinterest and thought since it was widely posted there, it was ok and they had permission. She is going to take my photo off her blog. This really illustrates the lack of understanding about copyrights and shows that people make assumptions - if it's being posted on Pinterest, it must be ok.  I also filed a copyright complaint with Pinterest.

This is the photo. It's everywhere on Pinterest and Tumblr and beyond.

Woodland Path 3 by Metal-Bender


I found a blog from a lawyer talking about how she was going to delete her Pinterest account because of the way liability is distributed on Pinterest: 

 Blog titled "Why I Tearfully Deleted My Pinterest Inspiration Boards" ddkportraits.com/2012/02/why-i…

 



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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
It sucks and it's getting worse each day. Now they won't even wait until we post them ourselves on the net...hackers are entering our computer's photo libraries and taking what they want at will. Just look at the recent celeb photo hack. I will now be removing all the nude photos of me off my computer. Hmm...on second thought...why bother. For sure no one will steal that crap :lol:
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014   Photographer
It really does. Yeah, that's pretty crazy for sure.  Ha!
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FabioKeiner Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, I did not know - but it seems that pinterest at least DOES TRY to defend copyright of the authors... in their way - but that ranting of the author of 'why I tearfully deleted...' seems a bit inapprorpriate - how pinterest should act otherwise? simpoly tolerate posting of copyrighted pictures without saying a word? paying ALL costs for violations committed by users? it's not that easy to check copyrights of all pictures posted at a mass blooging site - in fact, it is impossible (also given varying copyright crrative commons / stock roghts and regulations, varying from country to country, too.

as I only could repeat myself: sites like pinterest also provide a portal or forum, where pictures of otherwise neglected/unknown artists can reach a wider public - without paying for that.
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Photographer
I understand what you're saying - they can't police everyone and leave themselves open to litigation. However, they don't seem to provide clear policies regarding posting copyrighted work. All of the people I spoke with were so nice and apologetic.

Not in my case. The photo shown in my journal is all over Pinterest and not once did anyone give me credit. I looked at numerous postings and they only credited the blogger. No one seem to notice that my photo was signed with a copyright symbol. My stuff is all over Tumblr too and they don't give credit either. 
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FabioKeiner Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, that's a shame (to put on stupid users - like at dA) - an you should propose to pinterest that they state clearly, that all pictures shown there (with permission) must indicate clearly and in a visible way the author...
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014   Photographer
For sure. I have sent them 2 emails of copyright complaint which also strongly suggests they make this policy perfectly clear. The people I spoke with were completely clueless about copyrights. I've been stirring things up over there, posting the same question to the community every time I found my image posted. It certainly generated some attention and kind of filled up my mailbox a bit. It would take forever for me to track down every posting and do so. What I have found and commented on is only a drop in the bucket there. I haven't even scratched the surface on Tumblr.
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